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Target-specific PCR primers can detect and differentiate ophiostomatoid fungi from microbial communities associated with the mountain pine beetle Dendroctonus ponderosae.

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  • The aim of this study was to develop DNA probes that could identify the major fungal species associated with mountain pine beetles (MPB). The beetles are closely associated with fungal species that include ophiostomatoid fungi that can be difficult to differentiate morphologically. The most frequently isolated associates are the pine pathogens Grosmannia clavigera and Leptographium longiclavatum, the less pathogenic Ophiostoma montium, and an undescribed Ceratocystiopsis species (Cop. sp.). Because growing, isolating and extracting DNA from fungi vectored by MPB can be time and labour intensive, we designed three rDNA primer sets that specifically amplify short rDNA amplicons from O. montium, Cop. sp. and the pine Leptographium clade. We also designed two primer sets on a gene of unknown function that can differentiate G. clavigera and L. longiclavatum. We tested the primers on 76 fungal isolates that included MPB associates. The primers reliably identified their targets from DNA obtained from pure fungal cultures, pulverized beetles, beetle galleries, and tree phloem inoculated with G. clavigera. The primers will facilitate large-scale work on the ecology of the MPB-fungal-lodgepole pine ecosystem, as well as phytosanitary/quarantine sample screening.

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    2010-01-01
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    Article (Draft / Submitted)
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    https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-92es-k527
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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
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    • Khadempour, L., Massoumi Alamouti, S., Hamelin, R., Bohlmann, J., Breuil, C. (2010). Target-specific PCR primers can detect and differentiate ophiostomatoid fungi from microbial communities associated with the mountain pine beetle Dendroctonus ponderosae. Fungal Biology. 114(10),825-833, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.funbio.2010.08.001