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European Australasian Thysanoptera Semiochemical Network (EATS Network)

Objective

The focus of the Europe Australasian Thrips Semiochemical (EATS) Network is to develop semiochemical-based tools for management of thrips of economic and quarantine importance. The objectives of this programme are (1) to strengthen existing and develop new research partnerships through staff exchanges and networking between 4 organisations from the Netherlands, Spain, Austria and United Kingdom, and 2 organisations from Australia and New Zealand, and (2) to address key scientific issues to develop novel practical tools for border protection and sustainable pest management for important thrips species. Thrips are tiny insects that cause direct damage and transmit viruses to agricultural and horticultural crops in Europe and readily develop resistance to pesticides. They require significant inputs of agrichemicals, creating risks to workers, consumers and the environment, and are of significant quarantine concern. IRSES provides a unique opportunity to strengthen past collaborations and integrate new world- leading research teams with complementary expertise into a coherent international programme that collectively will provide effective synergies. A range of semiochemical-based technologies (e.g. pheromones, kairomones and allomones) have been successfully developed by researchers around the world for the sustainable management of many large insect pests. However, until now these technologies have been under-exploited for small insects such as thrips. The EATS Network will exploit existing knowledge of underpinning concepts in chemical ecology and insect behaviour while bringing new knowledge on the biology and pest management of small insects. This approach will allow rapid progress to be made towards practical tools for management of this devastating class of insect pests. Six ‘work packages’ on thrips semiochemicals have been identified by the EATS Network as critical for achieving our objective.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 8 400
Administrative Contact
Bert Jansen

Participants (3)

UNIVERSITY OF KEELE ROYAL CHARTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 10 500
Address
Keele University Finance Dpt
ST5 5BG Keele
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
James Gordon Campbell Hamilton (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 6 300
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Helene Koschier (Prof.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 10 500
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jordi De La Cuesta (Mr.)