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29 November 2023
Citizen Science
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...
22 November 2023
Project reports
We are beyond excited to share developmental stage photos of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) directly from our laboratory experiment.  The Japanese beetle undergoes three larval stages, which means that the larvae do not grow steadily&nb...
30 October 2023
Project reports
From October 18–20, 2023, members of the IPM Popillia consortium came together in Heraklion, Greece, for the yearly General Assembly of the IPM Popillia project. The event provided the possibility of gaining insight into and learning about the progre...

Time to prepare for the insects: Ready Your iSCOUT® Traps!

Have you already placed your iSCOUT® traps on the field? Insects are emerging to feast on your crops. It is best to stay vigilant and use the iSCOUT® electronic traps for the remote monitoring of the important insects that affect your fields.

Dust off your traps and get your fresh glue boards!
  • Change your sticky plates
  • Change the camera lens
  • Clean the lures
  • Place the trap accordingly
  • Prevent sun glare

1. Change Your Sticky Plates
Our Algorithm is a powerful tool that can recognize many insects, but it won't be able to do so if the insects are mixed with too much dirt and debris. Change your sticky plate in a timely manner at least once or twice during a growing season, depending on how full and/or dirty it is.

2. Clean the Camera Lens
Water condensation, dust and other contaminants may affect the performance of the iSCOUT® trap. Clean up the lens with a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching it for clearer pictures and more accurate detections. 
3. Change the Lures
iSCOUT® brings the photos, but the lures bring the insects! Check the technical sheets from the manufacturers for the effective time of your lures. You should change them as recommended by the manufacturer. 
4. Place the Trap Accordingly
Every farm and field is an entire universe that is different from one another. Be it crop, insect pressure, or landscape, nobody knows your farm better than yourself! Place your trap in a relevant/representative area to your crop, target insect, and needs. 
5. Prevent Sun Glare
Too much sun glare in your pictures? Fuzzy light and/or too bright? It is recommended to have at least one picture per night. The flash light from the camera is perfect for the detection of the insects and also you will have a much more homogeneous light distribution on your pictures. Check that your trap settings are consistent in FieldClimate.

On FieldClimate web platform you can check your pictures individually:

Or check the climatic local data collect over time with intuitive graphs or raw data table:


M.Sc. Junia Rojic, Project support officer

At PESSL, I am responsible for all the administrative tasks related to projects, including among others proposals, reports, deliverables, time schedules, meetings, minutes, and budget control. I studied Industrial Engineering at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, recognized in Austria as a Master's degree in Materials Science. With more than 15 years of experience in Project Management, including some years in Brazil working at R&D and IT companies, I am delighted to be part of a European Project, with many important stakeholders, and most importantly, supporting agriculture and food production in the 21st century. 

M.Sc. Victor Zuñiga Burgos, Plant Pathology Product Manager
At PESSL, I am responsible for managing all the products that we offer under the plant protection line. This includes gathering stakeholder feedback, designing solutions, improving current products, and communicating to our customers on our iSCOUT traps and Disease Models. I studied Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Guayaquil, Ecuador, as well as a Master's degree in Plant Science with a specialization in Plant Pathology and Entomology at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Having worked for over 6 years in the banana, cacao, and greenhouse crops industry in both Ecuador and Europe, I am thrilled to work on this project where I can help in the future of much-needed sustainable agriculture.

Nina Petrovec Vauhnik, Graphic designer
At PESSL, I am responsible for the company's branding, presentation on international fairs and events, preparation of promotional materials, and management of the corporate webpage. I studied Graphic and Media Technology and have worked in this field professionally for more than 10 years. I gained experience in a marketing agency, as a freelancer, and finally working with Pessl Instruments for the last 7 years.

PhD Candidate, Katja Sevšek, Marketing & PR
After spending nearly two years in sales and more than seven vibrant years at Imaginaja, my marketing company, I now thrive on channeling my expertise to develop impactful marketing campaigns within the Pessl Instruments team. With a solid background in project management, social media expertise, and creative marketing strategy, I remain committed to nurturing meaningful connections essential for enhancing brand visibility and fostering engagement. The opportunity to contribute to substantial projects within the agricultural sector brings me great joy and a sense of purpose.

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