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Biological direct control methods for defense, aimed at reducing Asian bed bug biotic potential

BIOVITAMINA aims to evaluate insecticidal activity of natural pyrethrins integrated by Orange Essential Oil and various “plant defense enhancers“, for a direct defense against Halyomorpha halys to limit the biotic potential of the pest with field tests on pear and tomato, in organic and integrated farms.

BIOVITAMINA also provides for the application of entomopathogenic microorganisms (biological control with natural antagonists), important natural regulators of insect populations.

It is also planned to monitor hedges and grassing on farms, to assess the interconnection between the presence of H. halys and the plant communities present since the typical agro-ecological approach of organic agriculture implies the proactive use of functional biodiversity for agricultural systems.

Exploiting the natural dynamics of ecosystems and drawing on the products allowed for organic food to combat H. halys can be a useful remedy not only for organic agriculture but also for the integrated agriculture sector.

Expected results

Being able to demonstrate that the use of products allowed in organic agriculture, such as natural pyrethrins, orange essential oil and plant defence enhancers, will allow a more effective direct defense against H. halys compared to chemical synthesis products, also in integrated farms. This will allow to do not to alter the ecosystem and favour biological control interventions such as the use of entomopathogenic microorganisms that can infect a large number of individuals, contributing to the enhancement of functional biodiversity aimed at reach a balance; with a reduction in the number of treatments used and favouring the maintenance of indigenous competitors.

Description of activities

The operational plan includes:

  • Preparatory and instrumental activities, aimed to the correct execution of experimental and open field activities; realization of experimental fields for the evaluation of defence assessment against H. halys;
  • Implementation and data collection activities aimed to carry out field experiment and evaluation path of possible authorization of some products;
  • Training and dissemination activities: farmers will benefit from the training service related to the project. The dissemination activities of the results will be included in annual and end-of-project reports.

The two-year project involves Federbio Servizi S.r.l. (project coordination), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC, scientific managment), Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard, Open Fields Srl, Pizzacchera Società Agricola s.s., Società Agricola Ecoter s.s., Cornacchia Fabiano and Centoform.




TIMING: 11/2020 – 11/2022

BUDGET: € 327.580,28

FUNDING: € 296.293,66

CALL: FEASR-Rural Development Programme of Emilia-Romagna, measure 16.1.01 – Focus Area 4B

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