Soon after the first detection in Italy of the invasive Halyomorpha halys (Stål), commonly named Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), high losses were reported in Emilia Romagna region on fruit orchards, with up to 60% fruit damaged in integrated crop production and over 90% in organic management (Maistrello et al., 2017). Emilia Romagna is a region with very intensive fruit production with over 56,164 hectares of fruit crops and 53,456 hectares of grapevine (ISTAT 2017) and BMSB created high concern in the whole agriculture sector. The fast spread and damage levels caused by BMSB forced farmers to increase broad-spectrum insecticide treatments, disrupting the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies previously applied on pome fruits, that included mating disruption and use of microbiological products (e.g. CpGV). To face this serious threat, farmers, technicians and researchers of public and private structures have started in 2016 a three-year project to identify new approaches to manage this pest. This project, called “HALYS”, encompasses a series of activities that included: surveys on BMSB biology and monitoring techniques, agro-ecological studies, the biocontrol potential of native antagonists, evaluation on the use of physical barriers and on chemical products authorized in Italy. In particular, the project aimed to identify both prompt effective solutions as well as more environmental low impact solutions to control the BMSB infestations.
First approach to manage the invasive Halyomorpha halys in Italy: a three-year project / Tommasini, M. G.; Maistrello, L.; Masino, F.; Antonelli, A.; Bortolotti, P. P.; Nannini, R.; Caruso, S.; Vaccari, G.; Casoli, L.; Preti4, Mi.; Montanari, M.; Landi, M.; Simoni, M.; Vergnani, S.. - (2019). (Intervento presentato al convegno Pheromones and Other Semiochemicals in Integrated Protection of Fruit Crops tenutosi a Lisbona nel 20-25 gennaio 2019).