Ginkgo and Insects

  • Hiroshi Honda


The ginkgo, or maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba L., is the only living species of the family Ginkgoaceae, which were gymnosperms that thrived about 175 to 200 Million years ago. Native to southern China, Ginkgo is now distributed widely. Ginkgo was introduced to Japan about 900 years ago and has been used locally for firewood and handcrafts, and the seed roasted as a delicacy. It has been exploited mainly as a landscape tree rather than as a source of timber. For centuries, because of its high desirability as an ornamental tree with handsome foliage and autumn colors, its resistance to insect pests and plant diseases and its adaptability to urban conditions, planting of Ginkgo has increased along road-sides, in public parks, and in private gardens. However, I will note in this chapter some insect pests that occur Ginkgo trees and the relationships between insects and Ginkgo.


Insect Pest Scale Insect Maidenhair Tree European Corn Borer Forest Insect 
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  • Hiroshi Honda
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  1. 1.Institute of Agriculture and ForestryUniversity of TsukubaTsukuba, Ibaraki 305Japan

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