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Description of the damage produced by xilophagus Curculionides in Spain
1989 - IRG/WP 1408
Cossoninae are a reduced subfamily of Curculionidae. These xilophagus insects produce significant damage in Spain, mainly affecting old buildings. Their activity is a real problem for the preservation of the country's historical-artistic heritage. The three Cossoninae species most widespread in Spain are described for the first time as well as the conditions under which they develop. The first results on their physiology and specific characteristics are also included. Finally, the interrelationship with other xilophagus agents (fungi and insects) which are common in Spain, is analyzed.
E L Rodríguez Trobajo


Some observations on the damage to timbers and wooden articles in cultural properties by insects in Italy
1981 - IRG/WP 1135
The damage to cultural properties by insects, especially of wooden material, is a serious problem in Italy. We have carried out a preliminary investigation concerning the most widely distributed and dangerous insects damaging timbers and wooden articles in cultural properties. Up to now the investigation has been carried out in Toscana, Lazio and Emilia Romagna and has concerned some collections of particular artistic or historic value and certain structural and sculptured timbers in some churches and historic buildings. The insects found damaging the wood in the cultural properties belong to the Cerambycidae, Anobiidae and Curculionidae.
A Gambetta


Insectos xilofagos que dañan la madera de edificios historicos de Morelia, Michoacán, México
2008 - IRG/WP 08-10673
Pine lumber in buildings in the historic center of Morelia that exhibited signs of attack were collected between 1999 until 2007. Four species were identified from this material. Two species were in the order Isoptera: Incisitermes marginipennis Latreille (Kalotermitiidae), Reticulitermes serratus Mendez (Rhinotermitidae), while the others were from the order Coleoptera: Calymmaderus oblongus (Gorham) (Anobiidae) and Tomolips quercicola (Curculionidae). C. oblongus and I. marginipennis caused the greatest economic impact in historical timber monuments in Morelia. The collection of T. quercicola represents the second record for this species and the first for Mexico and Michoacan, R. serratus was reported for the first time damaging wood in use in Mexico and represents a new record for Morelia, Michoacan. This species was only recently described in 2002. En revisiones hechas a madera de pino con indicios de ataque por insectos xilófagos, en edificios del centro histórico de Morelia, desde el año de 1999 hasta el 2007, se colectaron insectos en piezas de madera de pino, determinando la presencia de 4 especies, dos corresponden al orden Isóptera: Incisitermes marginipennis Latreille (Kalotermitiidae), Reticulitermes serratus Méndez, (Rhinotermitidae); y dos al orden coleoptera: Calymmaderus oblongus (Gorham) (Anobiidae), Tomolips quercicola (Curculionidae). Las especies que causan mayor perdidas económicas a la madera de monumentos históricos de Morelia son C. oblongus e I. marginipennis. La especie T. quercicola representa el segundo registro para México y primero para Michoacán, R. serratus se reporta por primera vez dañando madera en uso en México y representa nuevo registro para Morelia, Michoacán, siendo una especie nueva para la ciencia descrita en el 2002.
C M A Jurado Vargas, J Cruz de Leon