Host specificity of bark beetles (Scolytidae) in lowland rainforests of New Guinea

Information on the host specificity of tropical bark beetles (Curculionidae: Scolytinae & Platypodinae) is scarce and no comprehensive study including both closely and distantly related and hosts from various plant lineages exists from the tropics. Our study includes placing timber samples from artificially killed standing trees into extractors and rearing bark beetles from them. Presently we are rearing bark beetles from all species of large tree found within 1 ha of a lowland rainforest.

Study leaders at our Center: Jiri Hulcr, Martin Mogia and Aloysius Posman.

Pictures: [ Wood boring insects ]