Having field work on different islands of an archipelago is a peculiarity to which the IPM Popillia team of the University of the Azores has got used to. We are currently working with Popillia from São Miguel Island, where we are actually based, and from São Jorge Island.
Last October, our team traveled a two-flight trip in order to perform efficacy and persistence assays of EPNs in some of São Jorge's fields that are being studied since the first expedition. These expeditions help the different aged team to strengthen the good vibes while the science develops and to exchange the experience that is only learned with years of work.
Working in Azorean fields is a nice and calm activity, despite the radical changes in weather that we usually have, we need to be ready for everything! São Jorge offers you really nice views while you are digging for some larvae or spreading some nematodes, you can even spot from there two more islands and the highest mountain of Portugal, which is actually a volcano
Back in the lab (and after a few more expeditions), we are now currently working on the results of these two performed assays in order to achieve effective methods for the control of Popillia
larval populations in soils. We are also getting ready for the last week of this month to come back and continue with these island tasks.
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|Author Blog||Ángel Peñalver Ros|