Consortium members

The consortium of IPM-Popillia consists of partners from the European countries that are affected from the first and the recent introductions of P. japonica, Portugal (Azores), Italy, and Switzerland, as well as from adjacent countries at risk within the next few years (France, Germany and Austria). We put great effort in bringing together all stakeholders that are concerned with the invasion of the new pest. The IPM-Popillia consortium includes farmers experiencing the new pest’s invasion in their own fields, people trading with plants, officers of plant health services and scientists of different disciplines. The consortium is completed by people from SMEs, producing biocontrol agents, agricultural forecasting systems, and developing citizen science projects. Collaboration and feedback within this “multi-actor” consortium makes sure that the measures developed are practically feasible and economically reasonable, meet plant health requirements, and undergo sound biological and ecological impact evaluation.

Please meet our members of the consortium and the team.

Agroscope is the Swiss national competence centre for agro-ecology. It combines and conducts research into environmentally compatible and economically competitive farming. Agroscope researches along the entire value chain of the agriculture and the food sector. Its goals are a competitive and multifunctional agricultural sector, high-quality food for a healthy diet, and an intact environment. In pursuing these aims, the research institute gears itself to the needs of its service recipients.

The Evolutionary and Systematic Zoology group studies the evolution of insects, with a focus on springtails, insects of agricultural importance and the Antarctic fauna.

E-nema is a privately owned company specialized in the production and marketing of entomopathogenic nematodes and in the toll-manufacturing of microbial plant protection agents. It has developed various new applications for entomopathogenic nematodes including the control of white grubs (Scarabaeidae)

PESSL Instruments GmbH, located in Weiz, Austria, has been producing reliable measuring instruments for 37 years. It is specialized in the development of innovative products in the field of agricultural monitoring and precision farming. PESSL has developed various devices for the measurement and monitoring of different agricultural parameters.

With the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform, we provide a reliable and stable system for participatory apps and toolkits, which is already in use by many live Citizen Science projects across Europe and beyond. For this project, we will provide a CS App Toolkit with advanced technologies and a widened range of participation options to reach out to a broader public for crowd-based monitoring.

The Vignaioli Piemontesi is the largest organization of wine producers in Italy, it unites individual and cooperative wineries. Vignaioli Piemontesi works in wine and grapevine research and experimentation in collaboration with research centers and universities and offers a technical consulting service for wineries members of the association.

INRAE is France's National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, committed to finding solutions for related challenges using science, innovation, and support for public policies.Two research units are involved in the project: IGEPP (team Ecology & Genetics of Insects), based in Rennes, and BioSP (Biostatistics and SpatialProcesses) based in Avignon.

The CREA-DC is the scientific reference point for the Italian Plant Protection Service. CREA DC of Florence focuses on the protection of agri- and forest ecosystems from damages caused by insects, nematodes and mites. The CREA-DC group has great experience on entomopathogenic organisms and assessments on biological control methods.

TUM-PuR is part of the TUM Schools of Management and Life Sciences. TUM-PuR focuses on productivity and efficiency of farming operations, farm risk management and development, challenges and opportunities of biotechnological innovations and adoption, bioeconomic modelling and the analysis of sustainable resource use, agri-environmental behaviour and schemes as well as food security and policy impact analysis.

The Plant health service (Servizio fitosanitario) is the public entity responsible for enforcing all plant health issues, including control of quarantine organisms throughout the territory of the CantonTicino, the southernmost region of Switzerland bordering with Italy. Its tasks are regulated by the Swiss federal Plant Protection Ordinance. 

The Phytosanitary Service of Piedmont Region is a part of the Italian Plant Health Service.The entomology section deals with insects and mites identification, official surveys on new invasive pests, field research and trials for biological or chemicals control, guidelines for IPM.

Jardin Suisse Ticino is the association of the Garden Enterprises of the italian part of Switzerland (Canton Ticino) with about 100 associated the works on the cantonal Territory.

The Group of Biological Control (GBC) of insect pests is a group in the University of Azores devoted to the study of biological control agents and its applicationin the field. The group focus in the dynamic of insect pests in Azores, survey for new biological control agents, studies in the impact of abiotic factors, trophic interactions, host - pathogen interactions, field applications and control of insect pests. Popillia japonica and biological control is one of the target pest in our research.

 Nelson Simões

Nelson Simões

Professor / Researcher

Role in the project: Leader of GBC in UAç, leader of WP2. Involved in task 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1. 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1,4.3, 4.4

Area of research: Insect – pathogen interactions
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 Maria Luisa de Melo Oliveira

Maria Luisa de Melo Oliveira

Professor / researcher

Role in the project: involved in task 1.1, 1.4, 2.2, 3.1,4.1, 4.3, 4.4

Area of research: Biological control; Insect –pathogen interactions
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 António Onofre Soares

António Onofre Soares


Role in the project: Involved in task 2.2, 2.3, 4.1, 4.4

Area of research: Ecology, entomology and invasion biology
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 EU Flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 861852