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17 May 2022
The Japanese beetle was accidentally introduced to mainland Europe and detected for the first-time near Milan (Italy) in 2014. As a quarantine insect pest, its populations are strictly monitored. However, we did not find a map illustrating the dynami...
15 March 2022
Pest management
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We need more larvae, a lot more larvae! That's our mission, our first in this year. This time we were headed to a field in Vercelli, Piedmont. While driving, the bus would shake and make weird noises when applying the brakes which is why we stopped a...
08 December 2021
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To continue with experiments in the lab, we needed more Japanese beetle larvae, a lot more. So we decided to go on a field trip on the 7th of December 2021.   It was the first train of the day which took me to Agroscope where we headed off to Mo...
Picture2 Between islands

Azorean field work between islands

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.

Time Wednesday, 23 of March 11:36
Ponta Delgada São Miguel- Açores
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