Candidatus Midichloria

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Candidatus Midichloria” Sassera et al., 2006
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Sassera et al., 2006
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N.L. fem. n. Midichloria, derived from the midichlorians, organisms within the fictional Star Wars universe. Midichlorians are microscopic symbionts that reside within the cells of living things and “communicate with the Force”. Star Wars creator George Lucas stated that the idea of the midichlorians is based on endosymbiotic theory. The word ‘midichlorian’ appears to be a blend of the words mitochondrion and chloroplast.


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Cicuttin et al., 2022, Experimental and Applied Acarology Rickettsia spp., Ehrlichia sp. and Candidatus Midichloria sp. associated to ticks from a protected urban area in Buenos Aires City (Argentina)
Khoo et al., 2021, Parasitology International Molecular detection of pathogens from ectoparasites recovered from peri-domestic animals, and the first description of a Candidatus Midichloria sp. from Haemaphysalis wellingtoni from rural communities in Malaysia
Barradas et al., 2020, Animals Molecular Evidence of Hemolivia mauritanica, Ehrlichia spp. and the Endosymbiont Candidatus Midichloria Mitochondrii in Hyalomma aegyptium Infesting Testudo graeca Tortoises from Doha, Qatar
Driscoll et al., 2013, Genome Biology and Evolution Bacterial DNA Sifted from the Trichoplax adhaerens (Animalia: Placozoa) Genome Project Reveals a Putative Rickettsial Endosymbiont
Dergousoff, Chilton, 2011, Veterinary Microbiology Novel genotypes of Anaplasma bovis, “Candidatus Midichloria” sp. and Ignatzschineria sp. in the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni
Sassera et al., 2008, Applied and Environmental Microbiology “ Candidatus Midichloria” Endosymbionts Bloom after the Blood Meal of the Host, the Hard Tick Ixodes ricinus
Sassera et al., 2006, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology ‘Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii’, an endosymbiont of the tick Ixodes ricinus with a unique intramitochondrial lifestyle
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