What is IMPACT?

IMPACT - is a research project assessing how changing climate will influence the damage to our trees and forests by pests, some already here and others potentially brought here through international trade. 

This combination of events requires an integrated approach to predicting which pests are most likely to affect our trees and developing sustainable methods for detection and management. 

IMPACT is working through a partnership that brings expertise in climate modelling, pest monitoring and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) using combinations of microbial control agents. 

IMPACT – Integrated Management of forest Pests Addressing Climate Trends – is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland-Wales Programme (INTERREG Iva) and Forestry Commission Wales. It is led by Forest Research in Wales, Aberystwyth, with partners in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and Swansea University

The IMPACT project run from 1/12/09 to 30/06/15, within this time many publications, press releases and presentations were produced. All of these can be viewed on the main IMPACT project website. Please click here to view these.

Listed below is some of Swansea University's contributions/outputs:

Scientific Papers:

  • Susceptibility of different developmental stages of large pine weevil Hylobius abietis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) to entomopathogenic fungi and effect of fungal infection to adult weevils by formulation and application methods  click here
  • ‌Entomopathogenic Fungus as a Biological Control for an Important Vector of Livestock Disease: The Culicoides Biting Midge click here
  • Metarhizium anisopliae Pathogenesis of Mosquito Larvae: A Verdict of Accidental Death  click here
  • Identification of Metarhizium strains highly efficacious against Aedes, Anopheles and Culex larvae  click here
  • Differential susceptibility of Hyalomma excavatum adults and nymphs to the entomopathogens Metarhizium anisopliae ARSEF 4556 and Steinernema carpocapsae click here
  • Metarhizium brunneum Blastospore Pathogenesis in Aedes aegypti Larvae: Attack on Several Fronts Accelerates Mortality click here



The IMPACT Project Conference

Tuesday 7 May 2013

One of the conferences of the IMPACT project was held at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, where the latest advances in the fight against forest pests developed by the project team were revealed.

IMPACT, the EU Interreg IVA Project which has been assessing how forest pests are likely to respond to climate change and developing Integrated Pest Management programmes to combat those pests, has made significant progress in identifying new ways of reducing the threats.

Please CLICK HERE to view the presentations from the conference.


Impact Project Report: The IMPACT project Guide to Hylobius Management

Impact Project Report Summary: Using nature’s weapons to fight current and future forest threats under climate change