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The European spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus, is the most damaging insect pest of palearctic forests.  Importantly it also serves as a model for the study of other forest insects and particularly bark beetles. FABI Director, Prof. Mike Wingfield has studied the fungal associates including pathogens of this insect and its relatives for many years; his interest in this forest insect ‘system” is shared with FABI Mancom member Prof. Wilhelm de Beer and it has strongly advantaged FABI’s capacity to conduct research on forest insects.  During the first week in March, Mike and Research Fellow Dr. Almuth Hammerbacher participated in a focused workshop in Ips typographus held at a youth training center in a Bavarian National Forest in Germany. The aim of this meeting was to debate the roles of the many interacting components of this and other conifer-infesting bark beetle systems and to develop strategies to study and understand them. Ultimately to establish effective mechanisms to manage and/or control bark beetle outbreaks globally.

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Linnakoski R, Forbes KM, Wingfield MJ, Pulkkinen P, Asiegbu FO. (2017) Testing projected climate change conditions on the Endoconidiophora polonica / Norway spruce pathosystem shows fungal strain specific effects. Frontiers in Plant Science 8:883. 10.3389/fpls.2017.00883 PDF
Crous CJ, Burgess TI, Le Roux JJ, Richardson DM, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ. (2017) Ecological disequilibrium drives insect pest and pathogen accumulation in non-native trees. AoB Plants 9:plw081. 10.1093/aobpla/plw081
Swart V, Crampton BG, Ridenour J, Bluhm BH, Olivier NA, Meyer JJM, Berger DK. (2017) Complementation of CTB7 in the maize pathogen Cercospora zeina overcomes the lack of in vitro cercosporin production. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions First Look Online 10.1094/MPMI-03-17-0054-R
Wingfield MJ, Slippers B, Wingfield BD, Barnes I. (2017) The unified framework for biological invasions: a forest fungal pathogen perspective. Biological Invasions 10.1007/s10530-017-1450-0
Tanui CK, Shyntum DY, Priem SL, Theron J, Moleleki LN. (2017) Influence of the ferric uptake regulator (Fur) protein on pathogenicity in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense. Plos One 5(12) 10.1371/journal.pone.0177647