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Harmonise the strategies for fighting Diabrotica virgifera virgifera.

Objective

In the past few years the Western Corn Rootworm (WCR - Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) invaded central Europe more rapidly than expected in the past. Its rapid spread together with the establishment of continuous populations will evidently result in severe problems to European high intensity maize production areas throughout Europe.

Several research activities in the EU member states aimed at finding integrated strategies for reducing WCR populations below threshold levels in already infested areas and to avoid an introduction and spread in non-infested areas. There is an urgent need for harmonising and concentrating these activities both on a scientific and administrative level to establish a community-scale action and research plan. Thus the goal of DIABR-ACT is to establish a harmonised and sustainable control strategy for continuously established and discontinuously emerging WCR populations.

On the same time DIABR-ACT aims at minimizing the impact of these measures on biodiversity and environment. Control strategies to be established should be adapted to the situation of each country involved and should take into account the situation of the farmers and the economic chains build upon the maize crop (biological and integrated control, plant resistance traits, the adaptation of biotechnological approaches, cultural techniques..). DIABR-ACT will evaluate short and long term costs/benefits of containment and eradication strategies at the micro or macroeconomic level.

The outputs of DIABR-ACT will benefit the European Union by the following main results:
- An increased awareness and understanding of the problems caused by this pest species encountered by plants breeders, farmers, and plant protection services
- A coordinated European Action Plan: harmonising and improving control and prevention of Western Corn Rootworm populations in Europe.
- A coordinated European research plan: identifying the priority research areas and minimising parallel research

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SSP-4
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

ARVALIS - INSTITUT DU VEGETAL
Address
3, Rue Joseph Et Marie Hackin
Paris
France

Participants (12)

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN
Germany
Address
Wilhelmsplatz
3744 Goettingen
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via Viii Febbraio 1848, N. 2
Padova
CAB INTERNATIONAL
United Kingdom
Address
Nosworthy Way
Wallingford
PRAKTIJKONDERZOEK PLANT & OMGEVING B.V
Netherlands
Address
Bornsesteeg 47
Wageningen
SZENT ISTVAN EGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Pater Karoly 1
Godollo
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
Address
Costerweg 50
Wageningen
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
147, Rue De L'universite
Paris
STATION DE RECHERCHE AGROSCOPE CHANGINS-WADENSWIL ACW
Switzerland
Address

1012 Nyon
CSONGRAD MEGYEI MEZOGAZDASAGI SZAKIGAZGATASI HIVATAL
Hungary
Address
Deak Ferenc Utca 17
Szeged
JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN
Germany
Address
Erwin-baur-str. 27
Quedlinburg
POLJOPRIVREDNI FAKULTET U OSIJEKU
Croatia
Address
Trg Sv. Trojstva 3
Osijek
ASSOCIATION GENERALE DES PRODUCTEURS DE MAIS
France
Address
21, Chemin De Pau
Montardon