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Research

Utilising the patchy distribution of slugs to optimise targeting of control; improved sustainability through precision application.

Abstract

Recognising the discontinuous distribution of Deroceras reticulatum in UK arable fields, the project uses laboratory and field experiments and mathematical modelling techniques to investigate the spatial and temporal stability of patches of higher slug numbers and underlying mechanisms of patch formation.

Description

Recognising the discontinuous distribution of Deroceras reticulatum in UK arable fields, the project uses laboratory and field experiments and mathematical modelling techniques to investigate the spatial and temporal stability of patches of higher slug numbers and underlying mechanisms of patch formation. The findings will be used to determine the potential for a novel approach to sustainable control of this major pest.

Lead Organisation

Harper Adams University

Partners

University of Leicester; University of Birmingham

Publications

Petrovskaya, NB; Forbes, E, Petrovskii, SV; Walters, KFA (2018). Towards the development of a more accurate monitoring procedure for invertebrate populations, in the presence of an unknown spatial pattern of population distribution in the field. Insects 2018, 9, 29; doi:10.3390/insects9010029

Forbes, E; Back, M; Brooks, A; Petrovskaya, N; Petrovskii, S; Pope, T; Walters, KFA (2017). Sustainable management of slugs in commercial fields: assessing the potential for targeting control measures. Aspects of Applied Biology 134, 89-96.

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