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Development of biocontrol agents for commercial application against post-harvest diseases of perishable foods

Objective

Post harvest diseases of perishable commodities represent one of the most severe causes of losses and reduction in quality in the EU. The development of environmental friendly methods of disease control, as substitutes of chemicals, is an important goal to be achieved nowadays. Biological control using microbal antagonists is the most promising alternative. The main aim of this project is to develop four effective biocontrol agents (pantoea agglomerans, epicoccum nigrum, candida sake and pichia anomala) for its commercial application to control postharvest diseases on citrus, stone fruits, pome fruits and moist cereals, respectively. This project will include optimisation of production process and development of formulation techniques for each BCA to get a stable, efficient, easy to prepare and apply low cost production final product. Mechanisms of action and molecular marking methods to tracking BCAs will be studied. Final products of this research work will be environmentally friendly "biofungicides" ready to be used on both conventional and organic systems of production.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA
Address
177,Avda Rovira Roure 177
25198 Lleida
Spain

Participants (17)

AGROFRUIT EXPORT S.A.
Spain
Address
Carrer A - Poligono Baix Ebre - Parcella 13-17
43500 Tortosa
APOFRUIT SOC. COOP A.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Ravennatie 1345
47023 Cesena
BIOAGRI AB
Sweden
Address
Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 180
751 09 Uppsala
CENTRE TECHNIQUE INTERPROFESSIONNEL DES FRUITS ET LÉGUMES
France
Address
Prigonrieux
24130 La Force
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Calle Serrano 117
Madrid
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY*
United Kingdom
Address
Wharley End
MK43 0AL Cranfield,bedford
FACULTE UNIVERSITAIRE DES SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES DE GEMBLOUX
Belgium
Address
Passage Des Déportés, 2
5030 Gembloux
FRUIVIAL COOP.
France
Address
286, Route De Saint-nazaire
34400 Saturargues
INSTITUTO DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
Address
177,Avenida Alcalde Rovira Roure 177
25198 Lleida
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA
Spain
Address
Km.7,carretera De La Coruça Km.7
28040 Madrid
RIO TINTO FRUIT S.A.
Spain
Address
Finca El Zumajo S/n
21650 El Campillo
S.A.T. N° 1596 - NUFRI SOCIEDAD AGRARIA DE TRANSFORMACÍON
Spain
Address
Ctra. De Palau Km1
25230 Mollerussa
SOCIETA ITALIANA PRODOTTI CHIMICI E PER L'AGRICOLTURA MILANO
Italy
Address
Via Sempione 195
20016 Pero
TAVIFRUTA - SOCIEDADE DE CITRICULTURA DE TAVIRA
Portugal
Address
Meia Arraia - Santo Estevao 850-C
8800 Tavira
THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Sweden
Address
Genetikvaegen 5
750 07 Uppsala
UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE
Portugal
Address
Campus De Gambelas
8000 Faro
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Via Filippo Re 8
40126 Bologna