Wolbachia Elimination Induced Cytoplasmic Incompatibility, a Latent Tool For the Management of Uzi Fly, Exorista sorbillans (Wied.) (Diptera: Tachinidae)


  • National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Bangalore, 560 024, India
  • Bangalore University, Department of Biological Sciences, Bangalore, 560 056, India


The endosymbiotic bacteria Wolbachia that occurs commonly in arthropods, often manipulate host reproduction through cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI). The crosses between Wolbachia infected and uninfected uzi fly Exorista sorbillans populations (cured with antibiotic oxytetracycline) indicated strong CI, signifying their role in host reproduction. Significant reduction in brood hatch and increased sterility was observed.


Wolbachia, Exorista sorbillans, Cytoplasmic Incompatibility, Uziflies, Fecundity, Oxytetracycline.

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