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14 November 2022
Pest management
Project reports
#IPMPopillia
In September 2021 we started the big field experiment in the Piedmont region, a highly infested zone. Giovanni Bosio from the plant health service of the Piedmont region found meadows which were not treated yet and with willing owners to let us do ex...
22 June 2022
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Pest management
Project reports
#IPMPopillia
In collaboration with colleagues from CREA (Florence), we have treated popillias with three experimental control protocols that appear as promising candidates in their hands. Treated popillias have been snap frozen for molecular analysis. In the next...
21 June 2022
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Pest management
#IPMPopillia
Definitely not my ususal workweek! I am an economist at the Technical University of Munich, usually sitting in an office with a computer and conducting research there. But not this time… As I am part of the IPM Popillia project, which consists o...

The Big Field Experiment

JHMU771_20221114-201000_1 Working in the field with the Swiss Alps in the background
In September 2021 we started the big field experiment in the Piedmont region, a highly infested zone. Giovanni Bosio from the plant health service of the Piedmont region found meadows which were not treated yet and with willing owners to let us do experiments with different biological control agents (BCA). We treated the meadows with 2 different st...
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Another Day in the Field

Vercelli - Football field Vercelli - Football field
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 first time to inspect our tires and a second time at a mechanics to let him check properly.  W...
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Frontiers in Insect Science launches Research Topic on Popillia

Frontiers
One of the world's leading open science platforms puts a focus on Japanese Beetle research! Frontiers has launched the research topic "Focus on Popillia japonica" in its Open Access Journal "Frontiers in Insect Science". The aim is to compile the latest findings in P. japonica research in one special issue, which will be a key resource of knowledge...
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A day in the field

Mottalcia Picture by Mathias Hess
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 Mottalciata, Piedmont region. With two cars and seven people, we left freezing cold Switzerland in hop...
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Growth in a giant steel grub: Mass production of insecticidal nematodes

Growth in a giant steel grub: Mass production of insecticidal nematodes
Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) are naturally occurring in the environment and make their living by infecting, killing and propagating in insects. They can be used as biological control agents against Popillia japonica larvae. The mass production is done in artificial medium by the partner e-Nema. Here a short video on how this mass production wor...
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How to "breed" your own Japanese beetle

Fionna's Japanese beetle
If you live in an unifested zone, but you still like to have a Japanese beetle, here is how you can create your very own Japanese beetle. What your Japanese beetle is made of, is absolutely up to you and your taste. Everything you need, you can find in your trusted supermarket.  In the very early stages of an adult Japanese beetle, it has no w...
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Team Agroscope

Team-Agroscope Photo by Gabriela Brändle
Agroscope is the Swiss centre of excellence for agricultural research, with the overarching objectives to contribute to a competitive and sustainable agriculture and food sector as well as to an intact environment. Agroscope coordinates the project IPM-Popillia and leads the tasks 2.3 (ecology of biocontrol applications), 3.2 (entomopathogenic fung...
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