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17 May 2022
#IPMPopillia
Monitoring
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
Project reports
#IPMPopillia
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
Other
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#IPMPopillia
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...
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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