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New Study Shows Aphid ‘Honeydew’ Promotes Bacteria That Can Kill Them

Photo credit: Horror by Numbers/ Unsplash   According to a new study by researchers at Cornell University, New York, honeydew- a sugary sticky liquid secreted by aphids can promote the growth of the bacteria that is highly infectious to the pests. During the study, researchers used  Pseudomonas syringae, a type of bacteria that resides on leaves . Pseudomonas syringae is a rod-shaped bacteria that infect a wide range of plant species. It also affects certain infection carriers like Aphids that transfer the infection while feeding on the sap, damaging crops of billions of dollars around the world. The research shows how certain strains or genetic types of Pseudomonas syringae are infectious to aphids and might also be used to control pests. The research paper, “ Context-Dependent Benefits of Aphids for Bacteria in the Phyllosphere ,” published in the journal ‘The American Naturalist,’ assessed the virulence (micro-organisms ability to damage the host) of different strains (genetic ty

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