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August 2020

This is a picture from the abdomen of the rice delphacid, an insect pest on rice. This picture is possibly showing an endosymbiont (Cardinium) that has not been described in this insect species. Insects will be tested with PCR primers for Cardinium to confirm that this bacteria is present in the insect species and therefore what is shown in this image. Image taken on JEOL 1200 at ~20X magnification. Image courtesy of Jaclyn Martin (Dr. Keyan Zhu-Salzman, Entomology) and sample courtesy of Dr. Maribel Cruz.