Further LIFE- programs

PURA4IPM – Pesticides Use Reduction in Agriculture: demonstration of an innovative Integrated Pest Management technology (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000324)

The aim of the PURA4IPM project was to demonstrate new approaches to combating the codling moth using low-impact technology, based on a blend of pheromones and insecticide. The pheromones and insecticide are mixed in a wax that is pasted on the upper part of the fruit tree. This approach would have avoided the need for the full tree or fruit to be sprayed with agri-chemicals. Male moths are attracted to the pheromones in the wax, and contact with the wax’s insecticide kills the moth, thus reducing the breeding potential of the species.

LIFE CONOPS – Development and demonstration of management plans against – the climate change enhanced – invasive mosquitoes in S. Europe (LIFE12 ENV/GR/000466)

The LIFE CONOPS project aims at the development of integrated management plans for the effective and environmental friendly control of the invasive mosquito species spread and establishment across Europe. The aims are:

  • to identify the current situation (stakeholder’s engagement and results obtained from a network of ovitraps) of the IMS problem
  • to assess he environmental parameters that affect the establishment IMS in European territories
  • to list and geo-reference of areas (in Greece and Italy) identified to be at high/medium/low risk of introduction and establishment of IMS
  • to develop, optimize and pilot a novel monitoring device implemented at selected high risk areas in Greece and Italy
  • to implement all necessary actions for containing and reducing the spread of IMS populations to minimize their harmful impacts

MIPP – Monitoring of insects with public participation (LIFE11 NAT/IT/000252 MIPP)

The main aim of the project is to develop and test standardized monitoring methods for the assessment of the conservation status of insect species listed in the annexes of the Habitats Directive. The species considered are: Osmoderma eremita s.l., Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, Rosalia alpina, Morimus funereus.

They run a website. The main purpose of this web portal is to collect and display faunistic data collected from citizens concerning the presence of the above species and of the species Lopinga achine, Parnassius apollo, Saga pedo, Zerynthia polyxena, which are also included in the annexes of the Habitats Directive.

SU.SA.FRUIT – Low pesticide IPM in sustainable and safe fruit production (LIFE13 ENV/HR/000580)

The overall objective of the project is to develop, apply and demonstrate an economically viable strategic plan to implement integrated pest management (IPM), by promoting the use of low chemical approaches in orchards and in post-harvest fruit production. The project aims:

  • to implement innovative practices in the field (e.g. insect exclusion netting systems and biocontrol agents) and post-harvest (e.g. hot water treatments) for fruit production
  • promote practices aimed at reducing the use of pesticides; and through reduced pesticide applications, lower their environmental impact and the risk of worker exposure

LIFE BIODELEAR – Addressing Med fly with an innovative and environment friendly attractant through an Integrated Pest Management Strategy (LIFE13 ENV/GR/000414)

The Mediterranean fruit fly or ‘med fly’ is considered to be one of the world’s most destructive pests, particularly in regards to agriculture. It can be especially damaging to citrus/stone fruits, pome fruits, peppers, tomatoes and figs with the potential to cause damage to 100% of the fruit when infestations are not controlled. The control methods are mostly non-selective, affecting a large number of beneficial insects as well. There is a need to develop a method that acts selectively and attracts or acts on female med flies only. The project aims:

  • to implement an innovative, patented, environmentally friendly and low-cost food attractant
  • to eliminate the use of insecticides, which are toxic to humans and the environment and decrease biological diversity
  • to make Mediterranean farming less dependent on pesticides in line with current EU policies and enhance biological diversity
  • to eliminate the residue levels of pesticides in human food and animal feed

LIFE PISA – Innovative eco friendly traps for the control of Pine Lepidoptera in urban and recreational places. (LIFE13 ENV/ES/000504)

The pine processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) and pine tree lappet (Dendrolimus pini) are two abundant moth species. They are found in pine woods in north, central and southern Europe. Because their larvae, or caterpillars, feed on the needles of pine trees and some other conifer tree species, these species are considered to be a pest. Also caterpillars represent a public health hazard because they have thousands of hairs which contain an urticating, allergenic or irritating protein. The pesticides used against them are often not suitable for urban places. The project’s main objectives are:

  • to demonstrate an alternative approach to controlling the target pests
  • to improve the effectiveness of trapping systems that can be used in a range of urban situations

Activities will be carried out in four countries (Greece, Italy, Spain and UK). They build an innovative barrier that prevents the caterpillars reaching ground levels (thereby cutting their life cycle and preventing reproduction). They redesign pheromone traps with new textures and colours that improve the efficiency of current traps.