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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1965) 10(1): 80–89
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
The Life Cycle of the Fungal Symbiont of Sirex noctilio

J.W. Gilmour

SYNOPSIS Since the 1946-51 epiphytotic, much work has been done at the Forest Research Institute on various aspects of the pine wood wasp Sirex noctilio and its symbiotic fungus, Amylostereum sp. What has been discovered, both overseas and in New Zealand, about the symbiotic association of this fungus with the larval, pupal, and adult stages of the insect, and about its effect on the tree {particularly Pinus radiata) is briefly described here. Although there are considerable gaps in our knowledge, a workable hypothesis has been put forward on the life-cycle of this fungus which can be used as a basis for further study.
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