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PINE SAWFLY PHEROMONES FOR SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF EUROPEAN FORESTS

Objective



Background :

Different species of pines constitute an important part of the European forests. Several insect species have specialised on pines and cause severe economical losses. One such group is the members of the sawfly family Diprionidae, conifer or pine sawflies. Their larvae feed on the needles, which results in reduced growth and in some cases death of trees. Monitoring is today performed by egg or cocoon sampling. The counter measures undertaken today involve mainly the application of chemical insecticides. In recent years this has covered hundred thousands of hectares in the countries involved in the project.

The objective is : The project aims to improve the identification, monitoring and control methods of pine sawflies populations which can cause severe damage to forests. This will involve improving the present knowledge about pheromone communication in economically important diprionid sawflies, especially Neodiprion sertifer, Diprion pini, Diprion similis, Gilpinia frutetorum, Microdiprion pallipes and Macrodiprion nemoralis.

Short description of the project :

The project will investigate the chemical communication system of the insects by
pheromones. It will identify the sex pheromones, develop methods for early detection of the risk of outbreaks and develop environmentally friendly methods for managing outbreak population levels. This will be done by combining laboratory work with monitoring of and experiments in naturally occuring outbreaks in Europe.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

LUNDS UNIVERSITY
Address
Ecology Building - P.o. Box 117
223 62 Lund
Sweden

Participants (7)

FINNISH FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE - METSANTUTKIMUSLAITOS
Finland
Address
Jokiniemenkuja, 1 - P.o. Box 18
01301 Vantaa
FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Poland
Address
St.bitwy Warszawskiej, 1920 - Roku 3
00-973 Warsaw
GÖTEBORG UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Carl Skottsbergs Gata, 22
413 19 Göteborg
I.N.R.A.
France
Address
Av. De La Pomme De Pin
45160 Ardon
LUDWIG MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN
Germany
Address
Hohenbachernstraße, 22
85354 Freising
MID SWEDEN UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address

851 70 Sundsvall
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Italy
Address
Via Filippo Re 6
40126 Bologna