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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...
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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.

Team PESSL
Natural allies against Popillia japonica: Entomopa...

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