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.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
2825 Monte Da Caparica
50250 Bet Dagan