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Germany neighbours countries in which Diabrotica is established and repeated introduction of the beetles is expected. Control measures on Diabrotica being a quarantine pest in Europe are carried out in Germany. In order to improve and adapt control measures for Diabrotica including chemical and non chemical options for German conditions two substantial research programs were generated in cooperation of the German agricultural ministry (leading JKI) with the Free State of Bavaria (leading LfL).

Objectives of the program are to achieve profound knowledge of the economic impact of Diabrotica establishment and quarantine measures, of sustainable chemical and non chemical control of Diabrotica and finally to draft an expert report for quarantine and containment strategies.


Federal Projects


Improving the knowledge on the biology of Diabrotica

Simulation model

Tillage and flooding

Control of larvae of Diabrotica

Control of adult beetles of Diabrotica

Spreading scenarios and probability of introduction by the international trade

Verified process for seed drilling regarding drift of dust

Optimizing of application technique

Particle drift from insecticidal seed treatment and its risk assessment on bees

Economic Analysis at Farm Level

Economic effects of different plant health strategies


Projects from Bavaria


Population dynamics

Monitoring and containment measures

Diabrotica eggs in soil samples

Energy crop plants as host plants

Volunteer cereals as host plants

Influence of time of harvest

Tillings methods

Effect of non-maize crops

Underseeds in maize

Feeding experiments in fattening cattle and milk production

Alternative to maize in arable feed cropping

Economic impact of eradiaction and containment measures


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