An insect parasitoid carrying an ochratoxin producing fungus

Fernando E. Vega, Francisco Posada, Thomas J. Gianfagna, Fabio C. Chaves, Stephen W. Peterson

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The insect parasitoid Prorops nasuta has been introduced from Africa to many coffee-producing countries in an attempt to control the coffee berry borer. In this paper, we report on the sequencing of the ITS LSU-rDNA and beta-tubulin loci used to identify a fungus isolated from the cuticle of a P. nasuta that emerged from coffee berries infected with the coffee berry borer. The sequences were compared with deposits in GenBank and the fungus was identified as Aspergillus westerdijkiae. The fungus tested positive for ochratoxin A production, with varying levels depending on the media in which it was grown. These results raise the possibility that an insect parasitoid might be disseminating an ochratoxin-producing fungus in coffee plantations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-299
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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