Ophiostoma tsotsi and Ophiostoma quercus associated with Platypus cylindrus F. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in cork oak stands in Tunisia

Amani Bellahirech* (Corresponding Author), Maria L. Inácio, Steve Woodward, Mohamed L. Ben Jamâa, Filomena Nóbrega

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Ambrosia beetles, including Platypus cylindrus, commonly act as vectors of Ophiostomatales. In an investigation of fungi associated with P. cylindrus, several species of Ophiostomatales were identified, including two species of Ophiostoma s. str. These two species were characterized based on comparisons of DNA sequences of the internal transcribed spacer regions including the 5.8S gene of rDNA and β-tubulin gene. Two distinct clades were discernable in the phylogenetic trees, supported by high bootstrap values. One clade included the species Ophiostoma tsotsi, reported herein for the first time in Tunisia, and the species Ophiostoma quercus.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12482
Number of pages5
JournalForest Pathology
Issue number1
Early online date10 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019

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