Vigicultures ® observation protocol for field pea

Vigicultures ® observation protocol for field pea

This protocol presents methods for monitoring of diseases and animal pests on field pea, at the field scale.

The following pests are observed:

  • Thrips (Thrips angusticeps)
  • Pea weevil (Sitona lineatus)
  • Pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum)
  • Pea moth (Cydia nigricana)
  • Pea midge (Contarinia pisi)
  • Pea beetle (Bruchus pisorum)
  • Pea moth (Autographa gamma)
  • Viroses
  • Root diseases
  • Downy mildew (Peronospora pisi)
  • Ascochyta blight (Aschochyta pinodes)
  • Botrytis leaf spot (Botrytis cinerea)
  • Rust (Uromyces pisi)
  • Powdery Mildew (Erysiphe pisi)
  • White mold (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum)
  • Bacteriosis (Pseudomonas syringae pv pisi)


Vigicultures ® is a user-friendly and quick information system on pest pressure created by four French technical institutes: Arvalis-Institut du végétal (cereals, legume crops, potato, maize, fodder crops), CETIOM (oleaginous crops), ITB (sugar beet, fodder beet) and ITL (flax).
The objectives of the system are a real-time identification and monitoring of the pests, an evaluation of the risks for the crops and information allowing farmers and field operators to target crop protection interventions. Information is collected according to harmonised protocols by observers belonging to regional networks, and stored in a database. The information is used in the agricultural advertisements “Bulletin de Santé du Vegetal” (plant health reports).
The protocol presented here is used for data collection at the local level.

Authors: Pierre Taupin, Philippe Crosson et Delphine Bouttet (checked by Danièle Simonneau).

Modification date : 25 April 2023 | Publication date : 04 January 2014 | Redactor : IPM network, contributor : Arvalis-Institut du végétal