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Global change and pine processionary moth: a new challenge for integrated pest management

Objective

The pine procession moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) is considered among the most important limiting factors for both growth and survival of pine forests in southern Europe and Mediterranean countries. In recent years the species has shown a tendency to expand its range to upper latitude and elevation, probably as a consequence of the global warming effect. In this context it seems necessary to reconsider the pest management strategies, because methods traditionally used in core areas need to be assessed before they can be applied in expansion areas. The new Integrated Pest Management will include:
1. The assessment of the risk of outbreaks in new regions by a temperature-based model.
2. The study of the genetic structure of populations in core and expansion areas.
3. The identification of chemical signals active in host attraction/repellence.
4. The assessment of bio-control extension from core to expansion areas.
5. A cost-benefit analysis in core and expansion areas.

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
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Via Romea 16
35020 Legnaro
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FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVESIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
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Quinta Da Torre
2825 Monte Da Caparica

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INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
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Tapada Da Ajuda
Lisboa

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Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
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147 Rue De L'université
75341 Paris

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THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE
Israel
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Derech Hamqabim
50250 Bet Dagan

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UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
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Hasenauerstrasse 38
1190 Wien

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