June 13, 2019
On June 5, 2019 KarRC RAS staff participating the project DIAS - Collaborative Data and Information Exchange Network for Managing Invasive Alien Species under ENI Karelia CBC Programme took part in the EcoKizhi environmental education event organized by the Kizhi Open Air Museum in the framework of the World Environment Day.
The educational spot Hard to see, yet very dangerous on Kizhi Island offered information on an invasive species potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Woll., a hazardous potato pest subject to both exterior and interior quarantine.

Locals and tourists could take a look at the parasitic roundworm at the main stage of its life cycle cyst (through a binocular microscope) and were told how they can themselves determine how much the soil is infected by nematode cysts. Visitors of this spot were told about the domestically applicable ways to control the parasite, and information about this invasive species was disseminated (flyers). Brief info about the DIAS project was handed over to the Kizhi Open Air Museum and Vodlozersky National Park. After giving a master class with basic information on potato cyst nematode, soil samples from potato fields were collected from residents of nearby villages for accurate determinations of the infection and working out of recommendations for controlling pest numbers. A mini experiment was established in one private plot to develop environment-friendly methods for controlling potato cyst nematode populations.

Karelia Cross-border Cooperation Programme is financed by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland.

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