During the past few weeks, many of you cast a vote for their favourite project under the BNP Paribas Foundation’s Climate Initiative. The INVACOST project attracted the most support, among the 8,876 votes.

The BNP Paribas Foundation invited you to vote for your favourite project from among the five new international research initiatives selected this year for support. At stake was an extra grant of €50,000 to the winning project team.

Your interest and involvement will help to drive further progress in climate change research.

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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How the extra financial grant will be used?

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).

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