IPM Popillia - Integrated Pest Management of Japanese Beetle

The aim of the EU-project IPM-Popillia is to address the challenge of a new risk to plant health in Europe, the invasion of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica).

This pest was introduced accidentally to mainland Europe in 2014 and can easily spread in the course of trade and the movement of goods and people.
P. japonica threatens the entire agricultural sector, urban landscapes, and biodiversity in invaded areas.

Japankaefer Popillia

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), Photo: MvW Photographie

 

Video about an invasion of Japanese beetle 2021 in Italy:

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The consortium of IPM-Popillia consists of partners from the European countries that are affected from the first and the recent introductions of P. japonica, Portugal (Azores), Italy, and Switzerland, as well as from adjacent countries at risk within the next few years (France, Germany and Austria).

Dr. Arne Peters (e-nema GmbH) and Dr. Bart Vandenbossche (e-nema GmbH) are members of the Consortium.

e nema Team

Dr. Arne Peters (e-nema GmbH) & Dr. Bart Vandenbossche (e-nema GmbH)
                           
Their area of research: Providing nematodes and Bacillus thuringiensis to control larvae and adults of the Japanese beetle. Developing suitable formulations to increase efficacy of nematodes or bacteria.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

Website: www.popillia.eu