Bats and Winemakers

 

On this article, that was published just before the initiation of the EnvMetaGen project, CIBIO-InBIO is mentioned as the institution collaborating with a wine farm in Alentejo (a region from the South of Portugal) on a program for assessing natural pest control. This is one of the main application areas of environmental metagenomics identified in the EnvMetaGen proposal. This project monitors how much bats contribute to pest control on the wine farm, by studying genetic material in guano taken from the bat boxes that have been installed in the vineyards, and evaluate through DNA analysis which insects the bats are eating. The results will shed light on the hypothesis that bats are helping to kill off the European Grapevine Moth (Lobesia botrana), considered a major vineyard pest throughout Europe. The article, that can be found here, was also announced on CIBIO-InBIO website.

THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BATS AND WINEMAKERS HIGHLIGHTED BY SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE

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