If you see men crawling around in the neighbour’s garden at dusk wearing headlights, it may well be that they are researchers hunting for Spanish slugs.
Spanish slugs were previously seen as a garden nuisance, but now they have started to become a serious problem also for commercial horticulture, affecting strawberries and cabbage. A glaring example is garden owners in Hordaland county, who has had up to hundred thousand slugs in their garden, while a lot of strawberry and cabbage crops were lost various places along the western coast.
The Research Council of Norway has recently awarded funding for four years to a project for mapping the spread of Spanish slugs, also known as killer slugs, Iberian slugs or Arion lusitanicus in Latin. They will study the biology of these slugs and try various methods to get rid of the annoying snails.
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