The gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) is one of the insect species which causes significant economic damage to forests and orchards. It is a polyphagous insect that feeds on hundreds species of trees, shrubs and other forest plants. Among them, it prefers oak, hornbeam, linden birch and alder.
One of the BIOCOMES objectives is to develop a virus-based biological control product to control gypsy moth
Field trials in Poland
In 2016 we further improved and automated the rearing of the baculovirus LdMNPV. We tested the efficacy of the different isolates in laboratory experiments and field trials to initiate molecular and biological characterization of the isolates. The most promising LdMNPV isolate will be used to formulate the final product. In the SlideShare presentation we will show you the execution and first results of the field trials.
This SlideShare is a follow-up on an earlier presentation on field experiments in 2014. It provides more information about the gypsy moth and our activities in 2015 and 2016 to find a sustainable bio-control product against it.