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DAFM National Call 2017 17 S 228 NUIM (Teagasc) €168,181

Project Title:

PWIPM: Towards integrated pest management for pine weevil in Ireland

Project Coordinator:

Prof. Christine Griffin

Project Abstract

This project will develop an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system for the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis), a serious forestry pest. It will also develop a novel modelling approach to improve forecasting of pine weevil attack, and of likely impacts of climate change on weevil life cycles.  We will review current and potential management options to mitigate weevil damage in Irish reforestation, identifying strengths and weaknesses of the main options and pinpointing knowledge gaps and future research needs for Ireland. We will also refine methods of forecasting times of onset and peak weevil emergence in Ireland. Forestry plays an important economic, environmental and social role in this country.   The project will contribute to the reduction of chemical pesticides and to sustainable forest management, in line with national policies, and will help develop critical mass in IPM in Ireland.

Final Report:

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