Focus Climate Initiative - INVACOST: the consequences of a massive insect invasion

  • 23.10.2014

Under the Climate Initiative, the BNP Paribas Foundation’s support programme for climate change research, a further five scientific projects run by laboratories of international stature were selected this year for Foundation support. Now, until 7 November you have the opportunity to vote for your favourite project from among these five. The project team that garners the most votes will receive an additional grant of €50,000 for the purpose of promoting and highlighting their research work among the general public. Each week, find out more about one project of the Climate Initiative.

INVACOST: Invasive Insects and Their Cost Following Climate Change

Global warming may lead to changes in the behaviour and geographical concentrations of some animal species and organisms on our planet. Certain insect species are now raising particular concern among scientific experts. A massive insect invasion could entail severe consequences for biodiversity, agriculture, public health and the economy.

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If the INVACOST team obtain the most votes, what are they planning to do with the extra financial grant?

Finding out more about insects and climate change

Over the next three years the INVACOST project team will be investigating the risks and potential cost of invasions of around a dozen of the world’s most dangerous insects – those which are capable of causing major problems for the environment, the economy and human health – into Europe. The project team are moreover planning to set in motion a unique citizen science drive, inter alia giving the general public the chance to select some of the insect species to be studied. Subsequently, a website will be set up, enabling site visitors to follow, practically in real time, the state of play of the research work and put questions to the team.

Main laboratories involved: The ESE Lab at Paris-Sud University, which specialises in basic and applied research and modelling in the fields of ecology and evolution, supported by the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS).