InvaProtect

Sustainable plant protection against invasive pests in fruit and viticulture

The aim of the InvaProtect project is to provide sustainable crop protection against invasive pests in fruit and viticulture on the Upper Rhine. It is funded by the European Union with funds from the INTERREG V Upper Rhine program and coordinated by LTZ Augustenberg. The duration is 3 years (2016-2018).

As part of InvaProtect, 30 partners from Germany, France and Switzerland are jointly investigating how native species can be protected from invasive pests by means of suitable, sustainable, integrated plant protection measures. To this end, the necessary basics for the entire Upper Rhine region in the three neighboring countries must be developed and implemented.

PROJECT AIMS

  • to monitor the spread and the dynamics of invasive pests;

    to further develop and implement integrated pest management measures, taking into account the preservation and promotion of the natural species inventory in the natural and cultural landscape;

    to ensure the economic viability of production in viticulture and fruit growing;

TASKS OF RLP AGROSCIENCE

  • Development of a cross-border monitoring of invasive pests such as the Sharka virus on Prunus species and the vectors and pathogens of Flavescence dorée.

    To record parameters of the biology of spotted wing drosophila, its epidemiology and behavior and its adaptation to different cultures and habitats in order to provide sustainable control measures.

Although Sharka is a well-known disease in the Upper Rhine region, the spread of new invasive recombinant strains of the Plum Pox virus (PPV) is unclear. These strains are more aggressive and have a higher potential for damage than the hitherto widespread PPV-D strains. RLP AgroScience is investigating the possible distribution of these strains in natural habitats like hedge rows (Plant Viruses).

RLP AgroScience investigates the overwintering parameters (population dynamics, activity, overwintering sites) as well as the cold tolerance of spotted wing drosophila. (D. Suzukii).

Flavescence dorée is a quarantine disease of grapevine. The vector, the American grapevine leafhopper Scaphoideus titanus, was detected in the context of InvaProtect 2016 for the first time in Alsace. RLP AgroScience is investigating whether alder near vineyards is naturally already infected with those phytoplasmas that, once transferred to wine and propagated there by S. titanus, can cause flavescence dorée. For this purpose, a risk map was created (Risk map PGY / FD).

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