Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

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Monitoring and mapping invasive insect species: results of the project progRAMM.


The federal project ProgRAMM had the objective to develop a computer model that is capable of predicting the probability of establishment and the damage potential of climate sensitive invasive pest insects in Germany. The Agricultural Research Center (LTZ) in Karlsruhe conducted a nationwide monitoring of six selected species in order to feed the model with actual occurrence data. The monitoring includes data collected by trapping, visual observations, screening of scientific and non-scientific publications as well as citizen science. Observed species relevant for German fruit growers were the Brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), Southern green stink bug (Nezara viridula), Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) and the European pear scale (Epidiaspis leperii). All mentioned species highly differ in their mode of dispersal, possibility of establishment after introduction and availability of effective monitoring tools. In this short communication we present the monitoring results, how the data were collected and how they have to be interpreted.