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Tours (France)

16 - 17 Oct 2018

Box tree moth. © Plante & Cité - Astredhor

Scientific symposium on boxwood pests

The French association for the protection of plants (AFPP), in tandem with INRA, are organising a scientific conference on boxwood pests at the University of Tours. These pests represent a risk for gardens and the world heritage of boxwood, the iconic plant of châteaux and historical parks.

By INRA Val de Loire Communications Department
Updated on 09/21/2018
Published on 05/18/2018

Used for centuries to decorate Japanese and French gardens, boxwood is the hallmark of châteaux and historical parks. Pests that attack boxwood are a risk for gardens and cultural heritage because they attack different kinds of the plant – boxwood used in manicured gardens and the wild type found in forests and other natural spaces.

In light of the cultural importance of boxwood, the AFPP has chosen to organise an international conference around three themes:

  • Panoramic presentation of all issues associated with boxwood health,
  • Synthesis of acquired knowledge of the main threats to boxwood (box tree moth and wasting disease),
  • List of current and future means to combat boxwood pests.

Target audience

  • Managers of public and private gardens and historical gardens,
  • researchers,
  • heads of projects,
  • students,
  • growers,
  • teachers,
  • technical institutes,
  • public administration.

With, among others, the participation of INRA scientists

  • AGIIR, a citizen science app dedicated to invasive insects and pests that take a heavy toll on plant health: Jean-Claude Martin, INRA Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Avignon
  • The INCA project: the dynamics of invasion and population flows of the box tree moth in France: Jérôme Rousselet, Daniel Sauvard, INRA Val de Loire, Orléans
  • Research on and inventory of potential biological regulatory agents related to the box tree moth in natural habitats: Élisabeth Tabone, INRA Paca, Antibes
  • Research underway on the biocontrol of Cydalima perspectalis by way of oophagous parasitoids (SaveBuxus programme): Marine Venard, INRA Paca, Antibes
  • Regulating the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis: Jean-Claude Martin, INRA Paca, Avignon
    •  Limits of the use of synthetic sex pheromones 

    • A first non-scientific approach to predation by chickadees (Parus spp.)

• Evaluating the effective duration of emamectin benzoate after micro-injections in host plant to combat box tree moth: Jérôme Rousselet, INRA Val de Loire, Orléans

Auditorium Thélème of the University of Tours    
3 rue des Tanneurs

Associated Division(s):
Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology
Associated Centre(s):
Val de Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur