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PLANT AND FOOD BIOSECURITY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 261752

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    31 January 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 642 277,69

  • EU contribution

    € 4 624 499

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

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.

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

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 345 692

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 299 680

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 639 183,75

REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE -REC

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 314 157

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 332 820

SPIN-TO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 219 200

UNITED NATIONS INTERREGIONAL CRIME AND JUSTICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 124 000

THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 324 000

Oklahoma State University

United States

EU Contribution

€ 213 697

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

United States

EU Contribution

€ 67 500

FERA SCIENCE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 105 287,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 261752

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    31 January 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 642 277,69

  • EU contribution

    € 4 624 499

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

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