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Fungal symbionts of siricid woodwasps: isolation techniques and identification

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European woodwasps of the genera Sirex and Urocerus have symbiotic relationships with basidiomycetes, Amylostereum chailletii (Pers. : Fr.) Boid. and Amylostereum areolatum (Fr.) Boid. The fungal symbionts of siricid woodwasps are contained in a pair of mycangia located at the top of the ovipositor. A technique used for isolating the fungal symbionts from mycangia is described and illustrated using Urocerus gigas L. and Sirex juvencus L., and isolation of the fungi from wood and fruitbodies is described briefly. Some characteristics are given of the involved fungi, A. chailletii and A. areolatum.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Forest & Landscape Denmark, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Rolighedsvej 23, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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