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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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Marincowitz S, Duong TA, Heiniger U, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, De Beer ZW. (2017) A new Leptographium species from the roots of declining Pinus sylvestris in Switzerland. Forest Pathology 10.1111/efp.12346
Faulkner KT, Hurley BP, Robertson MP, Rouget M, Wilson JRU. (2017) The balance of trade in alien species between South Africa and the rest of Africa. Bothalia 47 10.4102/abc.v47i2.2157
Van der Linde JA, Wingfield MJ, Crous CJ, Six DL, Roux J. (2017) Landscape degradation may contribute to large-scale die-offs of Euphorbia ingens in South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 111:144-152. 10.1016/j.sajb.2017.03.022 PDF
Kenis M, Hurley BP, Hajek A, Cock MJW. (2017) Classical biological control of insect pests of trees: facts and figures. Biological Invasions 10.1007/s10530-017-1414-4
Van der Linde JA, Six DL, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2017) Fungi and insects associated with Euphorbia ingens die-off in South Africa. Southern Forests 10.2989/20702620.2016.1263004 PDF