Trade association appeals for wireworm collaboration

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13 December 2023
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European body calls on researchers and industry professionals to share information.

EUROPEAN Potato Association, Europatat, is calling upon researchers and industry professionals to share information about ongoing research and any other related activities which will help control the spread of wireworms in potatoes. 

Wireworms, the soil-dwelling larvae of click beetles, present a significant challenge to potato production worldwide. They feed on the roots and tubers, causing substantial damage and economic losses.

There are several species of particular concern including: Agriotes lineatus, Agriotes obscurus, Agriotes sputator, Agriotes sordidus, Agriotes litigiosus, A. brevis, A. ustulatus, Athous haemorrhoidalis, Limonius californicus, and Ctenicera cuprea. 

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Europatat has emphasised the need for enhanced knowledge sharing and collaboration among researchers and industry stakeholders and has encouraged researchers and professionals with relevant information to contact its Secretariat to share information about relevant initiatives and to explore potential collaboration opportunities.

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