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29 November 2023
Citizen Science
SPOTTERON designed a folder for IPM Popillia for the Italian Citizen Science Conference in Pisa, which we attended last weekend. This folder serves as an introduction to the project for fellow Citizen Science initiatives and individuals potentially i...
22 November 2023
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We are beyond excited to share developmental stage photos of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) directly from our laboratory experiment.  The Japanese beetle undergoes three larval stages, which means that the larvae do not grow steadily&nb...
30 October 2023
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From October 18–20, 2023, members of the IPM Popillia consortium came together in Heraklion, Greece, for the yearly General Assembly of the IPM Popillia project. The event provided the possibility of gaining insight into and learning about the progre...
Interactive map of the Japanese beetle's invasion in Continental Europe

Interactive map of the Japanese beetle's invasion in Continental Europe

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 dynamics of the ongoing invasion. So, we produced it!

At first, the interactive map that we make available concerns the invasion over the period 2015-2021 for the Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont. The map captures the dynamics of the invasion at the epidemiological scale of the municipality; it has been generated from the official bulletins of the two regions, which report both infested and buffer municipalities, and from the geographical information available on the geoportals of these regions. In a next step, we will update the map with infestation data collected in other regions of Italy and Switzerland.

The map can be viewed directly on our website below.

All figures and maps, as well as data and script (written in the R programming environment) are freely available, see:

Poggi, Sylvain; Roche, Julien; Tayeh, Christine; Borner, Leyli; Martinetti, Davide (2022). Biological invasion of the Japanese beetle in Continental Europe at a glance., Recherche Data Gouv, V2

 Interactive Map:

By clicking on the button below, you will be redirected to the page giving access to the interactive map illustrating the dynamics of the Japanese beetle's ongoing invasion in Continental Europe.

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