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  • 1 Department of Agronomy, Entomology, University of Padova Please ask the editor of the journal.
  • 2 Phytosanitary Service of the Veneto Region Please ask the editor of the journal.
  • 3 Phytosanitary Service of the Pordenone Province Please ask the editor of the journal.
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The western corn rootworm (WCR) Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte, is considered a threat in Italian maize cropping systems due to the biological characteristics and the climatic and agronomic conditions favouring its development and establishment. This project describes the measures implemented since 1995 to monitor the potential introduction of WCR into Italy and to prevent the spread from nearby Serbia. The most effective measure was the monitoring program which used sex pheromone traps, produced by the Plant Protection Institute of Budapest in sensitive areas (maize fields near airports, customs areas, tourist facilities, etc.) in Northeastern Italy. This activity allowed for identification of newly and  accidentally introduced specimens near the International Airport in Venice in 1998. All strategies, restrictions and obligations, which were im­ple­mented in Italy, in order to eradicate or at least to delay Diabrotica WCR dispersal, are discussed.

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