Greece battles locust disease on Agios Efstratios island

Locusts on Agios Efstratios (pic pleasantness of Stella Spanou)Image copyright
Stella Spanou

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Locusts brisk opposite a land on Agios Efstratios

Villagers on a little Greek Aegean island, Agios Efstratios, are battling a disease of locusts and a state of puncture has been announced there.

The island has about 200 residents who rest on cultivation and fishing. Locust infestation is a repeated problem.

A member of a internal administration, Stella Spanou, told a BBC that sheep were starving as so many foliage was being devoured by a locust swarms.

Students from Athens have sprayed a pesticides diflubenzuron and spinosad.

“It’s formidable since of a landscape – they have to go on foot. The eco-friendly chemicals are working, they got good results,” Ms Spanou said.

“But there are still many locusts since they couldn’t mist everywhere.”

The students, from a Agricultural University of Athens, sprayed underneath a consultant organisation of scientists.

They got a special supervision assent for a pesticides since those chemicals were not purebred for use opposite locusts, group member Antonios Tsagkarakis told a BBC.

The island, 30km (19 miles) south of Limnos, has one village, where unfeeling gardens are being broken by a locusts. “The chemicals can't be used in a village,” Ms Spanou said.

Agios Efstratios is partial of a EU’s Natura 2000 charge network – it has a special standing since of a singular flora and fauna.

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Stella Spanou

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In 2010 – before a locusts arrived – a island looked like this…

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Stella Spanou

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… though many of a island’s weed has now disappeared

The island is not a large traveller destination. By July-August many of a locusts will have disappeared, Ms Spanou said, though a problem is that they keep entrance back. The swarms are not suspicion to be migratory.

Next year, Mr Tsagkarakis said, a Athens students will use a geographic information complement (GIS) and drones to assistance quarrel a locusts.

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Locusts are a ongoing repeated problem on a little Aegean island

Media captionScientists during 3 British universities have researched since locusts swarm

The Greek island’s caves, cliffs and pools yield habitats for priest seals, falcons, seabirds and roving birds.

The island’s critical foliage includes singular Valonia ash (Quercus macrolepis), sea daffodils (Pancratium maritimum) and endless seagrass beds (Posidonia oceanica).

“Many times we asked a supervision to announce an emergency, though it is costly to do so. They acted this time since a problem is unequivocally big. It means we can overcome official problems and do things many quicker,” Ms Spanou said.

Compensation for a islanders – maybe in a form of a taxation reduction – is underneath discussion.

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