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10 July 2024
Citizen Science
#IPMPopillia
Monitoring
In recent months, the IPM Popillia Consortium has collaborated with SPOTTERON to create informational and dissemination materials about the invasive Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), which has been spreading across Europe for several years. R...
10 June 2024
Citizen Science
#IPMPopillia
Prof. Francesco Nardi (University of Siena) and Prof. Rossella Annoni (junior high school G. Falcone, Cassina de' Pecchi, Milan) have been working together, this past year, with class 2D (12-13 years old pupils) on Popillia within the context of the ...
29 May 2024
Pest management
Project reports
#IPMPopillia
Monitoring
Since 2023, the village of Kloten north of Zurich is not only famous for the Zurich Airport and for having a great ice hockey team, but also for harboring the first Popillia population in Europe north of the Alps. In summer and autumn of 2023, huge e...

Citizen Science Dissemination for Popillia japonica

In recent months, the IPM Popillia Consortium has collaborated with SPOTTERON to create informational and dissemination materials about the invasive Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), which has been spreading across Europe for several years. Recently, the materials were published and sent to contacts in the agricultural sector and plant heal...
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Information sheet on Popillia japonica published for the Ticino region

During the IPM-Popillia project, the Phytosanitary Service of the Canton Ticino has created an information sheet on the Japanese beetle with the following contents: Recognizing the Japanese beetle (adult and larva)BiologyCheck for presence of the beetleAid to the fightPossible confusionsHow to report your observations´Here you can find the PDF as D...
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Young minds at work

Prof. Francesco Nardi (University of Siena) and Prof. Rossella Annoni (junior high school G. Falcone, Cassina de' Pecchi, Milan) have been working together, this past year, with class 2D (12-13 years old pupils) on Popillia within the context of the dissemination program 'a scientist as pen-friend'. Pupils have been engaged on the daily practices o...
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Popillia grub detectives at work in Zurich

Since 2023, the village of Kloten north of Zurich is not only famous for the Zurich Airport and for having a great ice hockey team, but also for harboring the first Popillia population in Europe north of the Alps. In summer and autumn of 2023, huge efforts were made to eradicate this population, including insecticide sprays, the erection of LLINs-t...
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Time to prepare for the insects: Ready Your iSCOUT® Traps!

Have you already placed your iSCOUT® traps on the field? Insects are emerging to feast on your crops. It is best to stay vigilant and use the iSCOUT® electronic traps for the remote monitoring of the important insects that affect your fields.Dust off your traps and get your fresh glue boards!Change your sticky platesChange the camera lensClean the ...
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Emerging Collaborations in the IPM Citizen Science App

To increase the reach and sustainability of funding, the IPM-Popillia Citizen Science App Toolkit can open up collaboration with other research or monitoring projects regarding controlled pest species or invasive species. First talks have been held with the REACT Horizon 2020 project about two invasive fruit fly species, and EASIN, the Eu...
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Interactive map of Europe's suitability for the Japanese beetle

Here is an interactive map showing the suitability of Europe for the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica). 

This map is the result of our INRAE team's modelling efforts and shows predictions of environmental suitability. You can read more about this work in our previous blog post and in our recent publication (Borner et al., 2023).

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Predicting the probability of Japanese beetle establishment in Europe: the first building block of a risk-based surveillance strategy

As we've said before, a good strategy for early detection of an invasion is to consider the risk of invasion. By modelling the environmental suitability of Europe for the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) and therefore the risk of its establishment, our INRAE team has laid the first building block of a surveillance strategy. This work has recently been published (Borner et al., 2023; https://doi.org/10.1127/entomologia/2023/2073) and we describe the main results here.

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Conference Folder for the Citizen Science Conference in Pisa 2023

SPOTTERON designed a folder for IPM Popillia for the Italian Citizen Science Conference in Pisa, which we attended last weekend. This folder serves as an introduction to the project for fellow Citizen Science initiatives and individuals potentially interested in becoming Citizen Scientists. It includes key details about the project, insights on&nbs...
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Developmental Stage Photos of the Japanese Beetle from Our Laboratory

We are beyond excited to share developmental stage photos of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) directly from our laboratory experiment.  The Japanese beetle undergoes three larval stages, which means that the larvae do not grow steadily but develop three times until they pupate and finally emerge as adult beetles. We ...
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General Assembly and ECE in Heraklion 2023

From October 18–20, 2023, members of the IPM Popillia consortium came together in Heraklion, Greece, for the yearly General Assembly of the IPM Popillia project. The event provided the possibility of gaining insight into and learning about the progress and developments made in the different interdisciplinary work packages of the project. At the sam...
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Visualizing insights in our science communication: infographics for Citizen Scientists

For some time now, we have opened up our Popillia Japonica research to Citizen Science. With the support of volunteer Citizen Scientists, we are trying to gather more information about the distribution of the Japanese beetle through the IPM Popillia's Citizen Science App. Invasive species such as the Japanese Beetle pose a severe threat to biodiver...
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How polyphagous is the Japanese beetle? Spoiler: over 400 host plants!

We thought it would be useful to update the list of P. japonica host plants. In this respect, the dataset deposited by Tayeh et al. (2023) serves two purposes: (1) to provide a list of the host plants of Popillia japonica via a comprehensive review of the scientific literature; (2) to classify these host plants as main or secondary host, based on t...
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Automated reporting of Japanese beetle observations to national authorities within the IPM Popillia Citizen Science App

Regulatory reporting  of invasive alien species or controlled pests such as the Japanese beetle to national authorities can be challenging for citizens. Therefore, in the IPM Popillia Horizon 2020 project, the "Automated Reporting System" (ARS) was developed by SPOTTERON for the IPM Popillia Citizen Science App to process automated reports and...
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A review of the progress made by PESSL IV

PESSL INSTRUMENTS GmbH Pessl Instruments GmbH has been producing reliable measuring instruments for 38 years and has developed various devices for the measurement and monitoring of different agricultural parameters, being one of the leading IoT providers for agriculture offering innovative and cost-effective solutions for more efficient farm manage...
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First outbreak of Japanese beetle north of the alps

Europe is facing the first Japanese beetle outbreak north of the alps. The phytosanitary service of Zurich in Switzerland has detected Popillia japonica in monitoring traps and on herbs and shrubs in an area close to the airport of Zurich. The deliminated infested zone is rather small, and the low numbers of beetles caught indicate that the outbrea...
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Updated interactive map of the Japanese beetle invasion in Continental Europe

Here's our updated map illustrating the dynamics of the ongoing invasion of the Japanese beetle in Continental Europe.  This current version (V3, June 2023) includes regions Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Valle Aosta (Italy), and Ticino (Switzerland) over the period 2015-2022. The map captures the dynamics of the invasion at the...
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New insights in Popillia japonica life

In the past months many field trials and lab experiments gave their results, and they are good results! In our lab, we found that a family of molecules called "saponins", that are naturally present in alfalfa plants, have a significant antifeedant and insecticidal effects on Popillia. Basing on this molecules, it will be possible to devel...
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Popillia japonica documentary on SRF Wissen

After the Azores and Italy, the Popillia japonica beetle is already present in Switzerland. SRF Wissen has recently published a documentary about invasive species in Europe, that vividly shows how important research and methods are when it comes to tackle the problem. Agroscope, coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project IPM Popillia, is rep...
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Testing long-lasting insecticide-treated nets

Some years ago, when I was in Kenya to carry out a part of my PhD program on the adaptations to terrestrial life in fiddler crabs, I slept in a bed protected by an insecticide net that prevented from mosquitos' bites and related diseases. At that time I would have never thought that one day I would have used them in my research!    Nets a...
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