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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2002-00852

  • Start date

    1 September 2002

  • End date

    30 September 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 558 102

  • EU contribution

    € 1 243 106

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

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.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Address

Via Romea 16
35020 Legnaro

Italy

Participants (5)

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVESIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Portugal

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

France

THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE

Israel

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2002-00852

  • Start date

    1 September 2002

  • End date

    30 September 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 558 102

  • EU contribution

    € 1 243 106

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy