ElatPro - Spotting the needle in a haystack: Predicting wireworm activity in top soil for integrated pest management in arable crops - ERA-NET C-IPM
A decision support system that can forecast wireworm activity in the upper soil layers already exists. It is based on soil moisture, temperature and soil type and works well in Germany, where it was developed. However, when applied in Austria, it performed poorly, probably because there are additional factors that need to be taken into consideration, such as species-specific movement behaviour, larval age, root availability and plant volatiles. Coordinated field studies in the project countries will help identify the main pestiferous wireworm species in the different regions and examine their species-specific migration behaviour, which are important prerequisites for a widely applicable integrated pest management strategy against wireworms.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2018
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