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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
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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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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...
Metarhizium robertsii strain 17/T02

Natural allies against Popillia japonica: Entomopathogenic fungi

Entomopathogenic fungi are micro-organisms naturally occurring in the environment, most of all in soil. They are natural parasites of insects that proliferate killing their host. Metarhizium is one of the most used ones in biological control.



The CREA team has isolated a Metarhizium robertsii strain called 17/T02 from the area infested by Popillia japonica in Italy for its effectiveness.





Now, we are preparing it to be tested as a biological control agent.



Fungal spores are stirred and mixed with alginate, kaolin and water.  





Drop by drop, we obtain small granules containing the fungal spores that we call SAPs (Sodium Alginate Pellets).




After air-drying, the SAPs are ready to be tested in field.

 

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