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06 September 2023
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 o...
29 August 2023
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Pest management
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) ...
26 July 2023
Pest management
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 delimi...
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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