EPN for pine weevil control in reforestation (Final result)
The large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) is a serious pest of reforestation across northern Europe. Weevils develop in the stumps of recently felled coniferous trees and emerging adults feed on the bark of newly planted trees. Weevil damage can kill these young trees. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) applied to stumps can reduce numbers of emerging adults and this strategy has a place in integrated pest management of pine weevil.
Our objective in BIOCOMES is to optimize strain selection and application parameters for EPN against large pine weevil in reforestation under contrasting conditions of climate and soil conditions, in Ireland and Poland.