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Occurrence of Platypus mutatus Chapuis (Coleoptera: Platypodidae) in a brazilwood experimental plantation in Southeastern Brazil

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Author(s):
Graziele S. Girardi [1] ; Rosana A. Giménez [2] ; Márcia R. Braga [3]
Total Authors: 3
Affiliation:
[1] Instituto de Botânica de São Paulo. Seção de Fisiologia e Bioquímica de Plantas - Brasil
[2] Univ. Buenos Aires. Faculdade de Agronomía. Cátedra de Zoología Agrícola - Argentina
[3] Instituto de Botânica de São Paulo. Seção de Fisiologia e Bioquímica de Plantas - Brasil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Neotropical Entomology; v. 35, n. 6, p. 864-867, 2006-12-00.
Abstract

The hardwood of Caesalpinia echinata Lam. (brazilwood, Pernambuco, ibirapitanga) is currently the most profitable material used for violin bow due to the unique vibrational properties and dimensional stability. Although this species is resistant to the wood decay caused by termites and rot fungi, an experimental plantation in Southeastern Brazil has been attacked by the ambrosia beetle Platypus mutatus Chapuis (= Megaplatypus mutatus and P. sulcatus). This species invaded ca. 3% of the individuals, mainly in the central part of the plantation. Infestation by larvae and adults was higher during the dry season (winter) when compared to the rainy period (spring and summer). (AU)