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From: Delayed larval development in Anopheles mosquitoes deprived of Asaiabacterial symbionts

Figure 1

Effects of rifampicin on mosquito larvae: developmental time is restored after administration of rifampicin-resistant Asaia . Evolution of larval number at each different stage, in relation with time, when submitted to three different treatments. C: no treatment; A: rifampicin at 120 μg ml-1; Ar: rifampicin at 120 μg ml-1 plus rifampicin-resistant Asaia. L1: number of larvae at 1st instar; L2: number of larvae at 2nd instar. L3: number of larvae at 3rd instar; L4: number of larvae at 4th instar. I: time at which all the L1 non treated larvae molted to L2; II: time at which all the L2 non treated larvae molted to L3; III: time at which all the L3 non treated larvae molted to L4. Statistical analysis showed that the developmental rate of the larvae submitted only to the rifampicin treatment (A) is different from the two other cases (C and Ar; p < 0.05), for which the development time was not different. The X-axis reports the number of days and the Y-axis reports the number of the larvae at the stage indicated. In the case of the L1, the graph shows the disappearance of these larvae (i.e. their passage to the successive stage) from the starting number (50 for each experiment). In the other cases, the graphs report the appearance of the larvae at that stage, and then their disappearance (i.e. the passage to the successive stage).

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