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INSECTLIFE project:

Innovative Real-time Monitoring and Pest control for insect

INSECTLIFE (LIFE13 ENV/HU/001092) financed by the European Union

Duration: 2014/06/01-2018/12/31

The aim of the project is to manufacture the prototype of ZooLog System – a device, which detects pest or beneficial insects in an immediate and automatic way – and to test it under field conditions. We also will explicitly measure and demonstrate the substantial reduction of agricultural loads as a result of the use of our system. In the project the usefulness and the environmentally friendly potential will be demonstrated in field trials at four pilot areas, the results of which will be presented in a number of professional forums, in-service trainings and postgraduate courses.

Sensors and traps

In the frame of this project we construct novel sensors and build them in different traps for automatic and real-time monitoring of pests and beneficial insects living in below and above ground biotypes.

We seek to address this by assembling the different CSALOMON® pheromone traps already used for certain pest species and EDAPHOLOG® sensors and their improved versions into a new construction.

This would have the advantage of allowing detection of pest emergence and population changes in an immediate and automatic way.

Why?

This development would greatly facilitate the use of pheromone traps, since the most limiting cost factors in pest monitoring are the regular checks and manual counting of catches.

This new automatic counting technique provides accurate data (e.g. daily) for the growers that are currently unavailable in the traditional way of manual counting.

Therefore the novel system greatly facilitates pest trapping as a basis for decisions in crop protection and resulting in cleaner, more precise, as well as more environment-friendly crop protection.

The aim of the project is to manufacture the prototype of this system and to test it under field conditions. We also will explicitly measure and demonstrate the substantial reduction of agricultural loads as a result of the use of our system.

In the project the usefulness and the environmentally friendly potential will be demonstrated in field trials at four pilot areas, the results of which will be presented in a number of professional forums, in-service trainings and postgraduate courses.

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