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10 June 2024
Citizen Science
#IPMPopillia
Prof. Francesco Nardi (University of Siena) and Prof. Rossella Annoni (junior high school G. Falcone, Cassina de' Pecchi, Milan) have been working together, this past year, with class 2D (12-13 years old pupils) on Popillia within the context of the ...
29 May 2024
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Since 2023, the village of Kloten north of Zurich is not only famous for the Zurich Airport and for having a great ice hockey team, but also for harboring the first Popillia population in Europe north of the Alps. In summer and autumn of 2023, huge e...
29 November 2023
Citizen Science
#IPMPopillia
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...
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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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