Morphological and molecular characterization of fungus isolated from tropical bed bugs in Northern Peninsular Malaysia, Cimex hemipterus (Hemiptera: Cimicidae)

Abdul Hafiz, Ab Majid and Abd Hafis, Abd Rahim and Zulaikha, Zahran and Nor Azliza, Ismail and Wardah, Abdul Rahman and Kartiekasari Syahidda, Mohammad Zubairi and Hamady, Dieng and Tomomitsu, Satho (2015) Morphological and molecular characterization of fungus isolated from tropical bed bugs in Northern Peninsular Malaysia, Cimex hemipterus (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 5 (9). pp. 930-936. ISSN 22211691

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate some morphological and molecular characteristics of fungal parasites isolated from wild tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus. Methods: A series of culture methods were used to obtain fungal isolates from field-collected bed bugs. Characteristics of the isolates such as colony appearance, mycelial texture and pigmen-tation were studied to explore their morphology. Isolates were also subjected to a PCRbased genotyping test. Results: There were noticeable differences in morphological characteristics among the four isolates. Conidial areas of one isolate were dark green, whereas those of the remaining colonies were olive-green, black or dark brown. Conidia of the dark green isolate were globose, while those of olive-green, black and dark brown isolates were globose to subglobose, globose to spherical and globose to subglobose/finely roughened, respectively. These morphological specificities and the molecular analyses showed that the fungal internal transcribed spacer ribosomal region and β-tubulin gene sequences of the isolates shared clade with Trichoderma and Aspergillus sequences. Conclusions: Overall, the new discovery of common pathogens in agricultural field developed in live bed bugs storage tank may initiate the use of biological agents in later years.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cimex hemipterus, Aspergillus, Trichoderma, β-tubulin Internal transcribed spacer, Morphological characteristics,unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 03:30
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 06:16
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/9710

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