weevils

Summary

Summary: BEETLES in the family Curculionidae and the largest family in the order COLEOPTERA. They have a markedly convex shape and many are considered pests.

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  1. Lapointe S, Borchert D, Hall D. Effect of low temperatures on mortality and oviposition in conjunction with climate mapping to predict spread of the root weevil Diaprepes abbreviatus and introduced natural enemies. Environ Entomol. 2007;36:73-82 pubmed
    ..By this measure, we predict that egg parasitoids will not establish in Arizona, California, or Texas...
  2. Hoffmann E, Vandervoort C, Wise J. Curative activity of insecticides against plum curculio (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in tart cherries. J Econ Entomol. 2009;102:1864-73 pubmed
    ..Regulatory changes are eliminating the use of this compound, and new integrated pest management programs for plum curculio will need to address the loss of azinphos-methyl's curative activity...
  3. Rodriguero M, Confalonieri V, Guedes J, Lanteri A. Wolbachia infection in the tribe Naupactini (Coleoptera, Curculionidae): association between thelytokous parthenogenesis and infection status. Insect Mol Biol. 2010;19:631-40 pubmed publisher
    Several parthenogenetic species of broad-nosed weevils exist, some of them of economic importance because of their pest status...
  4. Stout M, Harrell D, Tindall K, Bond J. Impacts of seeding rate on interactions between rice and rice water weevils. J Econ Entomol. 2009;102:1837-45 pubmed
    ..Overall, these results indicate that rice sown at low rates is more vulnerable to infestation by rice water weevils and more susceptible to yield losses from weevil injury...
  5. Lapointe S, Evens T, Niedz R, Hall D. Artificial diet optimized to produce normative adults of Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Environ Entomol. 2010;39:670-7 pubmed publisher
    ..has been continuously reared since 1992 on an artificial diet (F1675) first reported in 1982. The weight of weevils reared on F1675 was more than twice as great as field-collected individuals...
  6. Liu Z, Liu Q, Chu S, Jiang G. Insecticidal activity and chemical composition of the essential oils of Artemisia lavandulaefolia and Artemisia sieversiana from China. Chem Biodivers. 2010;7:2040-5 pubmed publisher
    ..zeamais adults with LC(50) values of 11.2 and 15.0 mg/l air, respectively. Both essential oils also showed contact toxicity against S. zeamais adults with LD(50) values of 55.2 and 112.7 microg/adult, respectively...
  7. Engstrand R, Cibrian Tovar J, Cibrián Jaramillo A, Kolokotronis S. Genetic variation in avocado stem weevils Copturus aguacatae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Mexico. Mitochondrial DNA. 2010;21 Suppl 1:38-43 pubmed publisher
    ..Biological control through pheromone synthesis, a strategy favored over chemical control in crops, is currently limited by difficult field identification of this species...
  8. Haran J, Timmermans M, Vogler A. Mitogenome sequences stabilize the phylogenetics of weevils (Curculionoidea) and establish the monophyly of larval ectophagy. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2013;67:156-66 pubmed publisher
    The weevils and their relatives (superfamily Curculionoidea) constitute a huge radiation of beetles, but basal relationships in this group remain controversial, in particular within the largest family, Curculionidae...
  9. Jordal B, Sequeira A, Cognato A. The age and phylogeny of wood boring weevils and the origin of subsociality. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2011;59:708-24 pubmed publisher
    A large proportion of the hyperdiverse weevils are wood boring and many of these taxa have subsocial family structures...

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  1. Rugman Jones P, Hoddle C, Hoddle M, Stouthamer R. The lesser of two weevils: molecular-genetics of pest palm weevil populations confirm Rhynchophorus vulneratus (Panzer 1798) as a valid species distinct from R. ferrugineus (Olivier 1790), and reveal the global extent of both. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e78379 pubmed publisher
    ..A. The distribution of COI haplotypes is used to discuss the possible existence of further cryptic species, sources and routes of entry of different invasive populations, and the implications of our findings for current control methods. ..
  2. Ali J, Alborn H, Stelinski L. Subterranean herbivore-induced volatiles released by citrus roots upon feeding by Diaprepes abbreviatus recruit entomopathogenic nematodes. J Chem Ecol. 2010;36:361-8 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings suggest that Swingle citrus roots release induced volatiles as an indirect defense in response to herbivore feeding, and that some of these induced volatiles function as attractants for entomopathogenic nematodes...
  3. Wang C, Yang K, Zhang H, Cao J, Fang R, Liu Z, et al. Components and insecticidal activity against the maize weevils of Zanthoxylum schinifolium fruits and leaves. Molecules. 2011;16:3077-88 pubmed publisher
    ..04 mg/L (fresh leaves) and 17.63 mg/L (purchased fruits). Estragole, linalool and sabinene also exhibited strong fumigant toxicity against the maize weevils with LC?? values of 14.10, 10.46 and 9.12 mg/L, respectively.
  4. Lapointe S, Hall D. Arrestment behavior in the polyphagous tropical root weevil Diaprepes abbreviatus. J Econ Entomol. 2009;102:992-8 pubmed
    ..abbreviatus adults to volatile and contact semiochemicals. Arrestment was measured as the number of weevils stopping and remaining on a target when presented with upwind target choices...
  5. Westbrook J, Eyster R, Allen C. A model for long-distance dispersal of boll weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Int J Biometeorol. 2011;55:585-93 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the ability of weevils to disperse and reinfest eradicated zones threatens to undermine the previous investment toward eradication of ..
  6. Login F, Balmand S, Vallier A, Vincent Monegat C, Vigneron A, Weiss Gayet M, et al. Antimicrobial peptides keep insect endosymbionts under control. Science. 2011;334:362-5 pubmed publisher
  7. Toju H, Sota T. Do arms races punctuate evolutionary stasis? Unified insights from phylogeny, phylogeography and microevolutionary processes. Mol Ecol. 2009;18:3940-54 pubmed publisher
    ..Based on the phylogeny of long-mouthed weevils in the genus Curculio, likelihood ratio tests showed that the macroevolutionary pattern of the weevils coincides ..
  8. Espino L, Way M, Pearson R, Nunez M. Effect of planting date on Lissorhoptrus oryzophilus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) density-yield relationship on rice in southeastern Texas. J Econ Entomol. 2009;102:1536-45 pubmed
    ..Results from this study reinforce the importance of managing L. oryzophilus populations when planting rice at recommended dates in southeastern Texas...
  9. Parsa S, Ccanto R, Rosenheim J. Resource concentration dilutes a key pest in indigenous potato agriculture. Ecol Appl. 2011;21:539-46 pubmed
    ..A statistical model predicts that aggregating potato fields may outperform the management of Andean potato weevils by IPM and chemical control...
  10. McKenna D, Sequeira A, Marvaldi A, Farrell B. Temporal lags and overlap in the diversification of weevils and flowering plants. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009;106:7083-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we present a large-scale molecular phylogeny for weevils (herbivorous beetles in the superfamily Curculionoidea), one of the most diverse lineages of insects, based on ..
  11. Nakasu E, Firmino A, Dias S, Rocha T, Ramos H, Oliveira G, et al. Analysis of Cry8Ka5-binding proteins from Anthonomus grandis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) midgut. J Invertebr Pathol. 2010;104:227-30 pubmed publisher
    ..Additional Cry8Ka5-binding proteins were visualized by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis ligand blots...
  12. Toju H, Fukatsu T. Diversity and infection prevalence of endosymbionts in natural populations of the chestnut weevil: relevance of local climate and host plants. Mol Ecol. 2011;20:853-68 pubmed publisher
    ..These patterns are discussed in relation to potential host-endosymbiont co-evolution via local adaptation across geographical populations...
  13. Parsa S, Ccanto R, Olivera E, Scurrah M, Alcazar J, Rosenheim J. Explaining Andean potato weevils in relation to local and landscape features: a facilitated ecoinformatics approach. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e36533 pubmed publisher
    ..applies a "facilitated ecoinformatics" approach to jointly screen many local and landscape features of suspected importance to Andean potato weevils (Premnotrypes spp.), the most serious pests of potatoes in the high Andes.
  14. Hall D, Robert J, Keeling C, Domanski D, Quesada A, Jancsik S, et al. An integrated genomic, proteomic and biochemical analysis of (+)-3-carene biosynthesis in Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) genotypes that are resistant or susceptible to white pine weevil. Plant J. 2011;65:936-48 pubmed publisher
    ..In conclusion, variation of the (+)-3-carene phenotype is controlled by copy number variation of PsTPS-3car genes, variation of gene and protein expression, and variation in catalytic efficiencies...
  15. Toju H, Hosokawa T, Koga R, Nikoh N, Meng X, Kimura N, et al. "Candidatus Curculioniphilus buchneri," a novel clade of bacterial endocellular symbionts from weevils of the genus Curculio. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010;76:275-82 pubmed publisher
    Here we investigated the bacterial endosymbionts of weevils of the genus Curculio. From all four species of Curculio weevils examined, a novel group of bacterial gene sequences were consistently identified...
  16. Piñero J, Agnello A, Tuttle A, Leskey T, Faubert H, Koehler G, et al. Effectiveness of odor-baited trap trees for plum curculio (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) monitoring in commercial apple orchards in the northeast. J Econ Entomol. 2011;104:1613-21 pubmed
    ..Advantages and potential pitfalls of the bio-based trap tree approach to plum curculio monitoring in apple orchards are discussed...
  17. Astrin J, Stüben P, Misof B, Wägele J, Gimnich F, Raupach M, et al. Exploring diversity in cryptorhynchine weevils (Coleoptera) using distance-, character- and tree-based species delineation. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2012;63:1-14 pubmed publisher
    ..Thereby we obtain an idea about the reliability of the different results and signals, which enables us to fine-tune sampling, delineation technique and data collection, and to identify species that require taxonomic revision...
  18. Pinzón Navarro S, Barrios H, Múrria C, Lyal C, Vogler A. DNA-based taxonomy of larval stages reveals huge unknown species diversity in neotropical seed weevils (genus Conotrachelus): relevance to evolutionary ecology. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2010;56:281-93 pubmed publisher
    ..Inga (Fabaceae) was the predominant host among 15 other genera and 67% of the weevils were monophagous...
  19. Toju H, Tanabe A, Notsu Y, Sota T, Fukatsu T. Diversification of endosymbiosis: replacements, co-speciation and promiscuity of bacteriocyte symbionts in weevils. ISME J. 2013;7:1378-90 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we investigated the bacteriocyte-associated primary symbionts of weevils wherein the ancient symbiont Nardonella has experienced two independent replacement events: once by ..
  20. Nishizawa K, Teraishi M, Utsumi S, Ishimoto M. Assessment of the importance of alpha-amylase inhibitor-2 in bruchid resistance of wild common bean. Theor Appl Genet. 2007;114:755-64 pubmed
    ..subfasciatus. However, alphaAI-2 is an effective insecticidal protein with a spectrum of activity distinct from that of alphaAI-1, and it may prove beneficial in genetic engineering of insect resistance in legumes...
  21. Thompson J. Coevolution: the geographic mosaic of coevolutionary arms races. Curr Biol. 2005;15:R992-4 pubmed
    ..Coevolutionary arms races between species can favor exaggeration of traits for attack and defense, but relentless escalation of these arms races does not necessarily occur in all populations...
  22. Gil R, Belda E, Gosalbes M, Delaye L, Vallier A, Vincent Monegat C, et al. Massive presence of insertion sequences in the genome of SOPE, the primary endosymbiont of the rice weevil Sitophilus oryzae. Int Microbiol. 2008;11:41-8 pubmed
    ..Here, the genome of SOPE, the obligate mutualistic endosymbiont of rice weevils, was used as a model to analyze the initial events that occur after symbiotic integration...
  23. Fukatsu T, Koga R, Smith W, Tanaka K, Nikoh N, Sasaki Fukatsu K, et al. Bacterial endosymbiont of the slender pigeon louse, Columbicola columbae, allied to endosymbionts of grain weevils and tsetse flies. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2007;73:6660-8 pubmed
    ..and also to the primary symbiont of grain weevils (Sitophilus spp.). Relative-rate tests revealed that the symbiont of C...
  24. Ralph S, Park J, Bohlmann J, Mansfield S. Dirigent proteins in conifer defense: gene discovery, phylogeny, and differential wound- and insect-induced expression of a family of DIR and DIR-like genes in spruce (Picea spp.). Plant Mol Biol. 2006;60:21-40 pubmed
    ..Microarray gene expression profiling of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) bark attacked by stem-boring weevils (Pissodes strobi) or through mechanical wounding demonstrated significant accumulation of transcripts resembling ..
  25. McFarlane B, Watson D, Witson D. Perceptions of ecological risk associated with mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) infestations in Banff and Kootenay National Parks of Canada. Risk Anal. 2008;28:203-12 pubmed publisher
    ..Implications for managing MPB in national parks, visitor education, and ecological integrity are discussed...
  26. Unelius C, Nordlander G, Nordenhem H, Hellqvist C, Legrand S, Borg Karlson A. Structure-activity relationships of benzoic acid derivatives as antifeedants for the pine weevil, Hylobius abietis. J Chem Ecol. 2006;32:2191-203 pubmed
  27. Ralph S, Yueh H, Friedmann M, Aeschliman D, Zeznik J, Nelson C, et al. Conifer defence against insects: microarray gene expression profiling of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) induced by mechanical wounding or feeding by spruce budworms (Choristoneura occidentalis) or white pine weevils (Pissodes strobi) reveals large-s. Plant Cell Environ. 2006;29:1545-70 pubmed
    ..array to monitor gene expression in Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) bark in response to herbivory by white pine weevils (Pissodes strobi, Curculionidae) or wounding, and in young shoot tips in response to western spruce budworm (..
  28. Conord C, Lemperiere G, Taberlet P, Despres L. Genetic structure of the forest pest Hylobius abietis on conifer plantations at different spatial scales in Europe. Heredity (Edinb). 2006;97:46-55 pubmed
    ..Altogether, this study shows that the use of different host plants for development does not constitute a strong barrier to gene flow for H. abietis and confirms the high dispersal ability of this forest pest...
  29. Lefevre C, Charles H, Vallier A, Delobel B, Farrell B, Heddi A. Endosymbiont phylogenesis in the dryophthoridae weevils: evidence for bacterial replacement. Mol Biol Evol. 2004;21:965-73 pubmed
    ..In the two other insect lineage endosymbionts, with relatively high GC content (53.4% and 53.8% GC), competition with ancestral pathogenic bacteria might have occurred, leading to endosymbiont replacement in present-day last insects...
  30. Fricke C, Arnqvist G. Divergence in replicated phylogenies: the evolution of partial post-mating prezygotic isolation in bean weevils. J Evol Biol. 2004;17:1345-54 pubmed
    ..We discuss the limitations of the novel empirical strategy employed here, and conclude that our results lend support to the hypothesis that post-mating sexual selection is capable of rapidly generating post-mating prezygotic isolation...
  31. Grossi de Sa M, Quezado de Magalhaes M, Silva M, Silva S, Dias S, Nakasu E, et al. Susceptibility of Anthonomus grandis (cotton boll weevil) and Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm) to a cry1ia-type toxin from a Brazilian Bacillus thuringiensis strain. J Biochem Mol Biol. 2007;40:773-82 pubmed
  32. Sunnerheim K, Nordqvist A, Nordlander G, Borg Karlson A, Unelius C, Bohman B, et al. Quantitative structure-activity relationships of pine weevil antifeedants, a multivariate approach. J Agric Food Chem. 2007;55:9365-72 pubmed
    ..External test sets showed moderate predictivity. In general, low polarity, small size, and high lipophilicity were characteristics for compounds having good antifeedant activity...
  33. Wise J, Kim K, Hoffmann E, Vandervoort C, Gökçe A, Whalon M. Novel life stage targets against plum curculio, Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst), in apple integrated pest management. Pest Manag Sci. 2007;63:737-42 pubmed
    ..For azinphos-methyl, novaluron, methoxyfenozide and thiacloprid, however, active ingredient was recovered from every section of the apple, from skin to core. Implications for twenty-first century IPM are discussed...
  34. Horn A, Roux Morabito G, Lieutier F, Kerdelhue C. Phylogeographic structure and past history of the circum-Mediterranean species Tomicus destruens Woll. (Coleoptera: Scolytinae). Mol Ecol. 2006;15:1603-15 pubmed
    ..Potential roles of host species, climatic parameters and geographical barriers are discussed and the phylogeographic patterns are compared to classical models of postglacial recolonization in Europe...
  35. Toju H, Sota T. Adaptive divergence of scaling relationships mediates the arms race between a weevil and its host plant. Biol Lett. 2006;2:539-42 pubmed
    ..Our results provide a novel example of a geographically diverged scaling relationship in an insect morphology resulting from a coevolutionary arms race with its host plant...
  36. Scataglini M, Lanteri A, Confalonieri V. Diversity of boll weevil populations in South America: a phylogeographic approach. Genetica. 2006;126:353-68 pubmed
  37. Lippert D, Chowrira S, Ralph S, Zhuang J, Aeschliman D, Ritland C, et al. Conifer defense against insects: proteome analysis of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) bark induced by mechanical wounding or feeding by white pine weevils (Pissodes strobi). Proteomics. 2007;7:248-70 pubmed
    ..this study, changes to the proteome of Sitka spruce bark tissue were examined subsequent to feeding by white pine weevils or mechanical wounding...
  38. Martins W, Ayres C, Lucena W. Genetic diversity of Brazilian natural populations of Anthonomus grandis Boheman (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), the major cotton pest in the New World. Genet Mol Res. 2007;6:23-32 pubmed
    ..The markers examined allowed us to distinguish populations from large-scale, intensive farming region (cotton belts) versus populations from areas of small-scale farming..
  39. Flint C. Changing forest disturbance regimes and risk perceptions in Homer, Alaska. Risk Anal. 2007;27:1597-608 pubmed
  40. Sequeira A, Lanteri A, Albelo L, Bhattacharya S, Sijapati M. Colonization history, ecological shifts and diversification in the evolution of endemic Galápagos weevils. Mol Ecol. 2008;17:1089-107 pubmed publisher
    Mitochondrial DNA sequence data were obtained for eight species of flightless Galapaganus endemic weevils and one winged close relative in order to study their colonization history and modes of diversification in the Galápagos ..
  41. Hughes J, Vogler A. The phylogeny of acorn weevils (genus Curculio) from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences: the problem of incomplete data. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2004;32:601-15 pubmed
    ..The molecular data suggest a classification of the European species into two species groups that are in accordance with morphological characteristics but the data do no support any of the previously recognised American species groups...
  42. Anselme C, Vallier A, Balmand S, Fauvarque M, Heddi A. Host PGRP gene expression and bacterial release in endosymbiosis of the weevil Sitophilus zeamais. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2006;72:6766-72 pubmed
  43. Blair M, Munoz C, Garza R, Cardona C. Molecular mapping of genes for resistance to the bean pod weevil (Apion godmani Wagner) in common bean. Theor Appl Genet. 2006;112:913-23 pubmed
    ..These are among the first specific markers developed for tagging insect resistance in common bean and are expected to be useful for evaluating the mechanism of resistance to A. godmani...
  44. Hunter W, LaPointe S, Sinisterra X, Achor D, Funk C. Iridovirus in the root weevil Diaprepes abbreviatus. J Insect Sci. 2003;3:9 pubmed
    ..Sequencing of PCR amplicons confirmed virus infection. Discovery of new pathogens against root weevils may provide new management tools for development of control strategies based on induced epizootics...
  45. Heddi A, Vallier A, Anselme C, Xin H, Rahbe Y, Wäckers F. Molecular and cellular profiles of insect bacteriocytes: mutualism and harm at the initial evolutionary step of symbiogenesis. Cell Microbiol. 2005;7:293-305 pubmed
  46. Hughes J, Vogler A. Ecomorphological adaptation of acorn weevils to their oviposition site. Evolution. 2004;58:1971-83 pubmed
    ..b>Weevils in the genus Curculio have radiated extensively across the Palearctic, where similar ecomorphs have evolved ..
  47. Conord C, Despres L, Vallier A, Balmand S, Miquel C, Zundel S, et al. Long-term evolutionary stability of bacterial endosymbiosis in curculionoidea: additional evidence of symbiont replacement in the dryophthoridae family. Mol Biol Evol. 2008;25:859-68 pubmed publisher
  48. Lachowska D, Rozek M, Holecovà M. New data on the cytology of parthenogenetic weevils (Coleoptera, Curculionidae). Genetica. 2008;134:235-42 pubmed
    Parthenogenesis and, in particular, polyploidy are rare in animals. A number of cases, known among weevils, represent apomictic parthenogenesis--a reproductive mode in which eggs undergo one maturation division, the chromosomes divide ..
  49. Pureswaran D, Sullivan B, Ayres M. High individual variation in pheromone production by tree-killing bark beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Naturwissenschaften. 2008;95:33-44 pubmed
    ..Thus, aggregation behaviour, by limiting the efficacy of natural selection, can allow the persistence of extreme phenotypes in nature...
  50. Toju H. Interpopulation variation in predator foraging behaviour promotes the evolutionary divergence of prey. J Evol Biol. 2007;20:1544-53 pubmed
    ..trait, pericarp thickness, was related to the interpopulation variation in the foraging behaviour of female weevils. I found that the preference of weevils for the plant fruit based on pericarp thickness varied across 13 ..
  51. Toju H, Sota T. Phylogeography and the geographic cline in the armament of a seed-predatory weevil: effects of historical events vs. natural selection from the host plant. Mol Ecol. 2006;15:4161-73 pubmed
    ..Thus, our study suggests the overwhelming strength of coevolutionary selection against the effect of historical events, which may have limited local adaptation...
  52. Anselme C, Perez Brocal V, Vallier A, Vincent Monegat C, Charif D, Latorre A, et al. Identification of the weevil immune genes and their expression in the bacteriome tissue. BMC Biol. 2008;6:43 pubmed publisher
  53. Aoki K, Kato M, Murakami N. Glacial bottleneck and postglacial recolonization of a seed parasitic weevil, Curculio hilgendorfi, inferred from mitochondrial DNA variation. Mol Ecol. 2008;17:3276-89 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results represent the first phylogeographical and population demographic analysis of an insect species associated with the broadleaved evergreen forests in Japan, and reveal more detailed postglacial history of the forests...