Latest Bloggers

Doris | SPOTTERON
3 posts
Design and communication at SPOTTERON
Sylvain Poggi (INRAE)
3 posts
Quantitative ecologist and data scientist at th...
Sara Boschi (Unisi)
1 post
Sara Boschi (Unisi) has not set their biography yet
Agostino Strangi (CREA - DC)
3 posts
Agostino Strangi (CREA - DC) has not set their biography yet

From Twitter

06 September 2023
Other
#IPMPopillia
Monitoring
We thought it would be useful to update the list of P. japonica host plants. In this respect, the dataset deposited by Tayeh et al. (2023) serves two purposes: (1) to provide a list of the host plants of Popillia japonica via a comprehensive review o...
29 August 2023
Citizen Science
Pest management
#IPMPopillia
Regulatory reporting  of invasive alien species or controlled pests such as the Japanese beetle to national authorities can be challenging for citizens. Therefore, in the IPM Popillia Horizon 2020 project, the "Automated Reporting System" (ARS) ...
26 July 2023
Pest management
#IPMPopillia
Monitoring
Europe is facing the first Japanese beetle outbreak north of the alps. The phytosanitary service of Zurich in Switzerland has detected Popillia japonica in monitoring traps and on herbs and shrubs in an area close to the airport of Zurich. The delimi...
20210629_13291_20230504-131107_1

Testing long-lasting insecticide-treated nets

Some years ago, when I was in Kenya to carry out a part of my PhD program on the adaptations to terrestrial life in fiddler crabs, I slept in a bed protected by an insecticide net that prevented from mosquitos' bites and related diseases. At that time I would have never thought that one day I would have used them in my research!  

 Nets as a low impact method

Indeed, one of the task of the IPM POPILLIA project in charge to CREA is to test the effectiveness of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets as a low-impact method to control P. japonica adult. This method limits the spread of chemicals over crops and requires a minimal management.

In our laboratory tests we observed that insecticide nets were very effective in killing beetles: a tarsal contact of 5 seconds between insects and net guaranteed an insect mortality ranging between 90 to 100% in base of the net used.

 
Attract-and-Kill devices (A&K)

To verify in the field the efficacy of the laboratory outcomes, we built attract-and-kill devices (A&K) made of the insecticide net mounted on a frame and baited with the double lure semiochemical. We tested several forms of A&Ks and measured how long the device could be considered effective over the insect's flight season. In the end we evaluated the use of A&K under certain conditions as an important tool to slow down the spread of P. japonica in infested territories.

 Author 
Francesco Paoli, PhD
CREA DC: Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l'analisi dell'Economia Agraria
Centro di ricerca Difesa e Certificazione
Via di Lanciola 12/a, 50125 Firenze - Italy

Additional information can be found here: 
Paoli, F., Iovinella, I., Barbieri, F., Sciandra, C., Sabbatini Peverieri, G., Mazza, G., Torrini G, Barzanti GP, Benvenuti C, Strangi A, Bosio G, Mori E, Roversi PF & Marianelli, L. (2023). Effectiveness of field‐exposed attract‐and‐kill devices against the adults of Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): a study on duration, form and storage. Pest Management Science. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.7504

Popillia japonica documentary on SRF Wissen
Open- day at CREA

Related Posts

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.popillia.eu/

App Download Links (QR-Codes)

Android
(Google Play) 

qrcode app Popillia googleplay

iPhone
(Apple App Store) 

 qrcode appPopillia appstore

 EU Flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 861852

twitter