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PLANT AND FOOD BIOSECURITY

Objective

This project will focus on biological threats having the capacity to affect and damage agriculture, infect plants and ultimately affect the food and feed at any stage in the food supply chain.
Traditional thinking and planning regarding bioterrorism has focused primarily on humans as the primary target. If the perpetrator’s objectives can be met solely through the creation of human illness, death and associated panic, this may be appropriate. However, if economic and political vulnerabilities are included as contributing factors, agricultural bioterrorism must be considered among other possible avenues of attack.
Agricultural bioterrorism (agroterrorism) is a subset of bioterrorism, and it is defined as the deliberate introduction of an animal or plant disease/pest with the goal of generating fear, causing economic losses, and/or undermining stability.
Programmes preparing for attacks against agriculture are not new, and have been conducted both by nation-states and by substate organizations throughout history. At least nine countries (Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA and the former USSR) had documented agricultural bioweapons programmes during some part of the 20th century. Four other countries (Egypt, North Korea, Rhodesia and Syria) are believed to have or have had agricultural bioweapons programmes.
In the mean time, natural outbreaks of diseases demonstrate the destructive potential of an agroterroristic attack.
Recent trends in biosecurity recommend a shift from a largely national approach to biosecurity towards greater international cooperation. Current capabilities to detect and respond to agroterrorism are limited and spread among many organizations, with a corresponding lack of coordination.
The project deals with threats which are multifaceted, interrelated, complex and increasingly transnational in their impact. The European Network of Excellence PLANTFOODSEC aims to establish a virtual Centre of Competence in plant and food biosecurity to enhance preparedness and response capabilities to prevent, to respond and to recover from a biological incident or deliberate criminal activity threatening the European agrifood system.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2010-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 897 224
Administrative Contact
Maria Lodovica Gullino (Prof.)

Participants (13)

NIAB
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 442 057,75
Address
Huntingdon Road
CB3 0LE Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jane Thomas (Dr.)
Food and Environment Research Agency

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 345 692
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christina Steveni (Dr.)
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 299 680
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Hasenpusch (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 639 183,75
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sophie Perrin (Ms.)
REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE -REC
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Ady Endre Ut 9-11
2000 Szentendre
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marta Szigeti Bonifert (Mrs.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 314 157
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brooke Alasya (Ms.)
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 332 820
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hami Alpas (Prof.)
SPIN-TO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 219 200
Address
Via Gressoney 29/B
10155 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Bertin (Dr.)
UNITED NATIONS INTERREGIONAL CRIME AND JUSTICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 124 000
Address
Viale Maestri Del Lavoro 10
10127 Torino
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesco Marelli (Mr.)
THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 324 000
Address
Derech Hamcabim 68
50250 Bet Dagan
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Abraham Gamliel (Dr.)
Oklahoma State University
United States
EU contribution
€ 213 697
Address
Whitehurst 203
74078 Stillwater
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bob Dixon (Mr.)
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
United States
EU contribution
€ 67 500
Address
Fairchild Hall 2
66506-1103 Manhattan Ks
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Lowe (Dr.)
FERA SCIENCE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 105 287,50
Address
65 Gresham Street
EC2V 7NQ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henry Henry (Ms.)