Lymantria dispar for control of forest pests and diseases (Final result)
The gypsy moth Lymantria dispar is a polyphagous pest found on hundreds of shrub and tree species. Main hosts are oaks, limes, poplars and birches, where the larvae feed on leaves, leading to complete defoliation. LdMNPV (Lymantria dispar multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus) proves to be a highly effective biocontrol agent against L. dispar. The high host specificity makes it the perfect tool as a BCA in protected areas and provides an effective alternative to synthetic chemical pesticides. The aim of BIOCOMES was to find a highly effective virus strain and test its usability as BCA in field trials.