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14 November 2022
Pest management
Project reports
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
Pest management
Project reports
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
Pest management
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...
Design process of IPM Popilla Citizen Science App Design process of IPM Popilla Citizen Science App

First prototype version of the IPM Popilla Citizen Science App in the making!

The year 2022 has just begun. Right after the holiday season, we at SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform have started the first phase of direct production and creating the definitions for the IPM Popilla Citizen Science Smartphone App - what a start for a year!

In the past, we have already prepared many building blocks and parts to launch our first EU Horizon 2020 Citizen Science App. The App will allow data collection on location and includes community and communication features for direct interaction between users and scientists. For the launch of the first EU-wide Citizen Science App on the platform, we have overhauled the underlying technical infrastructure. We have made optimizations for performance and data quality and worked on the engineering side to release a first App version for IPM Popillia in a short while.

The App is by concept planned to grow and extend - for that purpose and future App version, we have developed methodologies for including taxonomies of, e.g. more agricultural pest insects, but for a first prototype, we will first focus on the invasive species in focus - the Japanese Beetle Popillia japonica.

Since Citizen Science Apps are never "done", also the IPM Popillia App will adapt, grow and change over time. This allows us to start with a first prototype version that can already be put to use within the project and with peers on location. In the future, we can extend and open up the scope of the Citizen Science App to include more people or even partnerships with projects who want to use the App in terms of agricultural pest monitoring.

The drafting of the first version's data structure and dialogue for adding data points has begun, and things are shaping up; stay tuned for more news and updates!

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