Penicillium brocae, a new species associated with the coffee berry borer in Chiapas, Mexico

Stephen W. Peterson*, Jeanneth Pérez, Fernando E. Vega, Francisco Infante

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Penicillium brocae is a new monoverticillate species isolated from coffee berry borers collected at coffee plantations in Mexico near Cacahoatán, Chiapas, and from borers reared on artificial diets at ECOSUR laboratory facilities in Tapachula, Chiapas. Phenotypically, it is in Penicillium series Implicatum, but because it does not conform to known species we have described it as new. ITS and large subunit rDNA were sequenced and compared to determine the phylogenetic position of this species. It is most closely related to Penicillium adametzii. Penicillium brocae has only been found in association with the coffee berry borer and is one of several fungi that grow in coffee berry borer galleries. Penicillium brocae may provide the exogenous sterols necessary for the coffee berry borer's development and thus be mutualistically associated with the insect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Broca
  • DNA sequences
  • Fungi
  • Internal transcribed spacer
  • Ribosomal DNA
  • Scolytidae
  • Trichocomaceae

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