NIAB EMR joins Suction-trap Network to help monitor appearance of aphids across the UK

NIAB EMR, at East Malling, Kent, has today (27 Sept 2019) become the latest site to join the national suction-trap network which primarily monitors the appearance of aphids across the UK. Now totalling 17 nationally, (13 in England, 4 in Scotland), each trap is 12.2 metres tall and continuously measures the aerial density of flying invertebrates. This is an exciting opportunity which will open up new research collaborations between Rothamsted Research and NIAB EMR where previously insect pests and natural enemy data for fruit crops has been underexploited.  Samples are representative of the wider landscape and offer the opportunity to study dispersal and invasion of native and non-native fruit crop invertebrates.

“The site at East Malling has long been at the forefront of fruit-related entomology – delivering novel approaches to pest control within ever-tighter legislative aimed at correctly improving environmental sustainability,” commented Dr Michelle Fountain, NIAB EMR’s Head of Entomology. Michelle continued, “Now that we are part of the NIAB Group we are delighted to be getting involved in these wider agricultural initiatives. We look forward to playing our part in providing industry with accurate aphid-flight information to growers.”

Click here for more information on the Insect Survey programme hosted by Rothamsted Research and funded by BBSRC.

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