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Research Project: Genomic Analyses and Management of Agricultural and Industrial Microbial Genetic Resources and Associated Information

Location: Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research

Title: Invasive Asian Fusarium – Euwallacea ambrosia beetle mutualists pose a serious threat to forests, urban landscapes and the avocado industry

Author
item O`donnell, Kerry
item Sink, Stacy
item Libeskind-hadas, Ran - CLAREMONT COLLEGES
item Hulcr, Jiri - UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
item Kasson, Matthew - WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
item Ploetz, Randy - UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
item Konkol, Josua - UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
item Ploetz, Jill - UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
item Cosse, Allard
item Rooney, Alejandro - Alex

Submitted to: Phytoparasitica
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/30/2016
Publication Date: 10/7/2016
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/5642493
Citation: O'Donnell, K., Libeskind-Hadas, R., Hulcr, J., Bateman, C., Kasson, M.T., Ploetz, R.C., Konkol, J.L., Ploetz, J.N., Carrillo, D., Cosse, A.A., Rooney, A.P., et al. 2016. Invasive Asian Fusarium – Euwallacea ambrosia beetle mutualists pose a serious threat to forests, urban landscapes and the avocado industry. Phytoparasitica. 44:435–442.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Several species of the ambrosia beetle Euwallacea (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) cultivate Ambrosia Fusarium Clade (AFC) species in their galleries as a source of food. Like all other scolytine beetles in the tribe Xyleborini, Euwallacea are thought to be obligate mutualists with their fungal symbionts. Published diversification-time estimates suggest that the Euwallacea – Fusarium symbiosis evolved once approximately 21 million years ago. Female Euwallacea possess paired oral mycangia within which foundresses transport their Fusarium symbiont vertically from their natal gallery to new woody hosts. During the past two decades, exotic Asian Euwallacea – Fusarium mutualists have been introduced into the United States, Israel and Australia. Because these invasive pests attack and can reproduce on living woody hosts, they pose a serious threat to native forests, urban landscapes and the avocado industry.