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

Project Leader
Schopf Axel, Project Leader
QoL - Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources (FP5)
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Agricultural Research Organization - Dep. of Entomology, PO Box 6, IL-50250 Bet Dagan, Israel.
Contact person: Dr. Zvi Mendel;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
INRA Unité de Zoologie forestière, Avenue de la Pomme de Pin, PO Box 20619, F-45166 Olivet cedex, France.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Alain Roques;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Dept. of Crop Sciences, PO Box 44, SE-23053 Alnarp, Sweden.
Contact person: Dr. Fredrik Schlyter;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Departamento de Engenharia Florestal, Lisboa, Portugal.
Contact person: Dr. Manuela Branco;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Lisbon Fundacao de Faculdade De Ciencias, Quinta da Torre, P-2825-114 Monte Caparica, Portugal.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Maria Rosa Paiva;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Padua, Via 8 Febbraio, 2, I-35122 Padova, Italy.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Andrea Battisti;
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
Baier Peter, Project Staff
Schafellner Christa, Project Staff
Netherer Sigrid, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
The aim of the project is to provide an innovate tool of integrated pest management in the new expansion outbreak area of the pine processionary moth. We will start from the definition of the present and potential range of the pest, evaluating the socio-economic impact. Then the available knowledge on the pest dynamics in core areas will be used to understand which are the most important factors to consider for the control in the expansion area. We need basic information about the colonising capability of the pest populations, in terms of reaction to the global change as well as different spreading attitudes which could be physiologically and genetically determined. The insect spread could be used instead as a tool to reliably assess the potential effects of global change. The new association between the host pines and the pest observed in the expansion areas will offer a possibility to test semiochemicals which have been recently shown to affect the host plant and mate recognition in adult moths. The bio-control techniques usually applied in core areas will be evaluated for large scale application in expansion areas. The potential development of resistance to commonly used bio-control method (applications of Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki) will be assessed for several populations in expansion areas.The costs and benefits of the new management strategies will be considered at European scale and a final plan of exploitation and dissemination of the results will be realised.
animal ecology; animal physiology; forest entomology; forest protection; forestry;
Expansion; integrated pest management; global change; population genetics; Thaumetopea pityocampa;

** Hoch, G; Toffolo, EP; Netherer, S; Battisti, A; Schopf, A Survival at low temperature of larvae of the pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa from an area of range expansion.

AGRIC FOR ENTOMOL. 2009; 11(3): 313-320. WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

** Robinet Christelle, Baier Peter, Pennerstorfer Josef, Schopf Axel, Roques Alain Modelling the effects of climate change on the potential feeding activity of Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Den. & Schiff.) (Lep., Notodontidae) in France.

GLOBAL ECOL BIOGEOGR, 16 (4), 460-471; ISSN 0960-7447 WoS FullText FullText_BOKU

Schopf, A., Netherer, S., Kritsch, P., Baier, P., Hoch, G., Pennerstorfer, J. (2005): PROMOTH - Global change and Pine Processionary Moth: a new challenge for integrated pest management Final Report: WP1 "Core and expansion range".

EC, 31 FullText

Hoch, G., Netherer, S., Pennerstorfer, J., Baier, P., Battisti, A., Schopf, A. (2005): Range Expansion of the Pine Processionary Moth in Europe II: Activity and survival of Thaumetopoea pityocampa during the winter months in an Alpine valley.
[16th USDA Interagency Research Forum on Gypsy Moth and other Invasive Species 2005, Annapolis, MD, USA, 18.01.2005 - 21.01.2005]

In: Gottschalk, K.W.: 16th USDA Interagency Research Forum on Gypsy Moth and other Invasive Species, Jan. 18-21, 2005, Annapolis, MD, USA; USDA-FS General Technical Report, NE-337, 42; USDA Forest Service, Newtown Square, PA FullText


Halmschlager, E (2016): Forstschutz unter dem Aspekt des globalen Wandels.

Forstökonomische Tagung 2016, NOV 16, 2016, Bruck/Mur, AUSTRIA

Pennerstorfer,J., Baier, P., Robinet C., Aimi, A., Battisti, A., Roques, A., Schopf, A. (2005): Modelling the range expansion of the Pine Processionary Moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) in complex alpine terrain. [Poster]

Final Promoth Meeting, 23-27. September 2005, Belgodère, Calvi, Corsica FullText

Robinet, C., Baier, P., Pennerstofer, J., Schopf, A., Roques, A., (2005): Modelling the Pine Processionary Moth range expansion in the Paris Basin . [Poster]

Final Meeting Promoth, 23-27 September 2005, Belgodère, Calvi, Corsica, FullText

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