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22 June 2022
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Pest management
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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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Pest management
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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...
17 May 2022
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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...
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​How to control the spread of the Japanese beetle? - The importance of a good surveillance strategy.

The Japanese beetle, historically present in Japan, managed to invade the United States of America during the 20th century and has recently been detected in both Canada and Europe.

In Europe, the beetle has invaded almost all of the Azores islands (Portugal) and covers an area ranging from the north of Italy (Lombardia and Piemonte) to the south of Switzerland (Ticino).

How can its spread be controlled? - Early detection of Popillia japonica is the key of success. A good strategy for early detection of an invasion is to consider the risk of invasion. This risk depends on both the biology of the Japanese beetle - what are the environmental conditions suitable for the beetle? - and the factors that facilitate its dispersal. For example, human activities such as the transport of people and goods facilitate the beetle's spread.

By developing a model that accounts for all available knowledge and data about environmental suitability and transportation pathways, the INRAE team will produce a global risk map for the invasion of the Japanese beetle. We will then use this risk map to design an efficient surveillance strategy in collaboration with our partners on the field.

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Natural allies against Popillia japonica: Entomopa...

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