Interesting lessons we can learn using past herbarium collections for studying forest insect pest invasions

LE STUDIUM Multidisciplinary Journal, 2018, 2, 73-77

Natalia Kirichenko1,2,3,5, Alain Roques3, Sylvie Augustin3, Carlos Lopez-Vaamonde3,4


1Sukachev Institute of Forest SB RAS, 660036 Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2Siberian Federal University, 660045 Krasnoyarsk, Russia

3INRAE, UR633, Zoologie forestière, Orléans F-45075, France

4Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l’Insecte (IRBI), UMR 7261, CNRS/Université de Tours, UFR Sciences et Techniques, Tours, 37200, France

5 LE STUDIUM Institute for Advanced Studies, 45000 Orléans, France


Historical herbaria collected around the world are valuable source of data for studying past communities of folivore organisms and tracking their distributions through the time. Here we examined the world biggest herbarium collection stored in the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France) in order to explore past Tilia-feeding endophage complexes and their populations in the Holarctic and clarify the expansion history of the lime leafminer, Phyllonorycter issikii Kumata, 1963 (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), an invasive pest in Europe damaging limes, Tilia spp. (Malvaceae).


Leafmining insects
Archival DNA
Molecular taxonomy
The Holarctic
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