Czech Mycology 56(1-2): 1–18             Article published: 12th August, 2004 doi: 10.33585/cmy.56101

KUBÁTOVÁ A., KOLAŘÍK M., PRÁŠIL K., NOVOTNÝ D.

Bark beetles and their galleries: well-known niches for little known fungi on the example of Geosmithia.

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Abstract

The oak bark beetle (Scolytus intricatus, Scolytidae, Coleoptera) was studied during the years 1997-2003 with respect to the occurrence of microscopic fungi on the surface of its body. Samples were collected in eight localities in the Czech and Slovak Republics. The investigation was focused on all different stages of the beetle’s life cycle: eggs, larvae, adults be for e emergence, adults in generation and maturation feeding (nearly 600 samples), and also on galleries (400 samples). The most frequent fungi associated with S. intricatus were yeasts, Geosmithia spp. and Penicillium spp. Ophiostomatoid fungi were isolated, too. Great attention was paid to the occurrence of Geosmithia spp., which were so far recorded rarely. They were frequently found in all stages of the life cycle of Scolytus intricatus, except for males in maturation feeding. The ecology of Geosmithia spp. in feedings of phloem inhabiting insects is discussed for their negative cellulase production and the ecology of associated insect species. Trees infested with Scolytus intricatus represent a major and still little explored niche of Geosmithia spp.


Keywords:     microfungi, Geosmithia, Scolytidae, ophiostomatoid fungi, yeasts

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Kubátová A., Kolařík M., Prášil K., Novotný D. (2004): Bark beetles and their galleries: well-known niches for little known fungi on the example of Geosmithia. – Czech Mycology 56(1-2): 1–18. copy to clipboard


doi: 10.33585/cmy.56101

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