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Integrating preventive strategies and biological control to combat the brown marmorated stink bug

Halyomorpha halys, a phytophagous pest originating in East Asia, is causing significant economic damage to crops such as apple, pear, peach, soybean and corn, as well as environmental and social damages. The control means tested so far have shown limited efficacy and application problems.

The spread of T. japonicus, a parasitoid native to the areas of origin of H. halys, seems to be a way to restore an acceptable balance.

The aim of the project VINDICTA is to identify effective strategies for the containment of the stink bug, to broaden the knowledge of the insect and its ecological dynamics and to systematise the information collected to formulate possible scenarios/predictive models on its management and contrast in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

The project will implement a management plan to combat the brown marmorated stink bug. The plan will include:

  • Conventional monitoring actions integrated with new electronic and IT applications and new capture systems based on the integration of the aggregation pheromone with vibrational signals;
  • Biological control actions (launches of the exotic antagonist japonicus);
  • Interventions related to the enhancement of agrobiodiversity practices;
  • Forecasting models;
  • Coaching and dissemination activities for farmers and citizens.

The Operational Group of the two-years project VINDICTA (August 2020-July 2022) is composed by Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard (Coordination), Cooperativa Arvaia, Magli Tonino farm, Toderici Lilia farm, Bindon farm by Panzavolta Fabio, Impresa Innocenti Oddo, Società Praconi by Giovanni e C. S.s., Santerini Aldo e Annunzio Snc farm by Santerini Annunzio e C., F.lli Ognibene S.s. farm, Open Fields Srl and Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM, scientific management).



TIMING: 08/2020 – 07/2022

BUDGET: 327.117,59 euro

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

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