Deciphering microbiota associated to Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in Italian samples: a preliminary study

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Matteo Valzano
Gabriele Achille
Francesca Burzacca
C. Damiani
Patrizia Scuppa
Irene Ricci
Guido Favia *
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The Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier, 1790) is the most dangerous and deadly pest of date, coconut, oil, sago and other palms. Recently introduced in the Mediterranean basin, it became the most relevant insect pest for ornamental palms in the urban environment. Given the development of an innovative control method based on symbiotic control, we have performed a pilot project to decrypt the microbiota associated to both adults and larval stages of the insect to identify potential tools for biocontrol agents against the Palm Weevil. A number of bacterial species were found associated with the insect. In particular, species of the genera Lactococcus, Proteus, and others were detected.

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