“Wired” writes about leafhoppers confused in the vineyards

Foto-4_portaleThe prestigious American magazine Wired  reviewed a paper written by researchers at Edmund Mach Foundation  published in the international magazine Behavioural Processes. This study discusses the research, in the forefront in the world, concerning the sexual confusion for pests of the vine due to vibrations.
It can be hard to find a mate when you’re less than 5 mm long. Luckily, leafhoppers can pick up on each other’s vibes“. So this paper published in Wired begins. It presents one of the few laboratories in the world which deals with the study of vibrational communication and reproductive behaviour of such insects as leafhopper of vine Scaphoideus titanus, carrier of Flavescence dorée, in order to prevent their reproduction and consequent damages for wine production. In particular, this paper resumed by the international review identifies for the first time the physical principles underlying the communication of this species, by means of which the insects activate the various phases of courtship and partner search. Valerio Mazzoni, one of the experts of the Research and Innovation Centre of EDmund Mach Foudation, explains: “The acquisition of such knowledge is a key point for the development and finalizing of innovative techniques concerning sexual confusion by means of vibrational signals“.

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