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DolomIPS2: Distribution and population dynamics of the European spruce bark beetle in the Dolomites

Project Leader
Schebeck Martin, Project Leader
CLLD Dolomiti Live - Mittelprojekte
Type of Research
Basic Research
Project partners
Freie Universität Bozen, Italy.
Contact person: Hannes Schuler;
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy.
Contact person: Massimo Faccoli;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner

Further information:

BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection
Funded by
European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), European Union
The spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus, is the most important pest of spruce in Europe. Mass outbreaks of this bark beetle occur mainly after abiotic disturbances, such as windthrow or snowbreak. Such abiotic events occurred in the Dolomiti Live region due to severe weather events in 2018 and 2019, providing large amounts of suitable breeding material.
Detailed knowledge of the biology and ecology of I. typographus is therefore essential and is the basis for an effective management. In this project, three main topics will be addressed, which should ultimately lead to improved management strategies.
First, the fungal and bacterial symbionts of the beetles will be characterized. In addition, the genetic structure of I. typographus will be analyzed in order to be able to draw conclusions about its pest potential. Another focus is the analysis of aerial and satellite images, which should enable the early detection of infested trees.
This innovative project will not only provide new insights about the biology of I. typographus in the Dolomiti Live region, but it will also provide important practical information on which local forestry authorities and forest owners can base a sustainable management of this important pest.
General biology; Genetics; Forest entomology; Forest protection;
Bacterial symbionts; GIS; Ips typographus; Fungal symbionts; Population genetics;
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