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Seed health: development of seed treatment methods, evidence for seed transmission and assessment of seed health

Objective

Healthy seed are key to high crop yields, underpinning European and global food security. A wide range of diseases and pests are carried by seed and as well as spreading and increasing old problems, new problems may be introduced into the European Community countries via this route. There are currently opportunities to improve seed quality control by implementing emerging novel methodologies. The TESTA project will develop a range of novel methods to underpin the control of these diseases and pests, including faster, more accurate methods to assess the mode of seed transmission, economic and practical sampling approaches for the detection of low levels in large seed lots, novel and efficient generic detection methodologies, non-destructive testing methods and improved, effective and sustainable disinfection methods. Target crop and disease/pest combinations have been identified in consultation with EPPO, ISHI-ISF and ISTA. Outcomes from the project will include a comprehensive electronic database of seed transmitted diseases and pests, validated detection methods for target species, a validation protocol for assessing the efficacy of disinfection, as well as many key scientific publications. These will provide supporting methods and sources for the EU seed testing laboratories and plant health services.
The consortium comprises experienced researchers who have been involved in key previous research projects funded by the EU and national authorities, representatives of EPPO, ISTA plant health panel and ISHI working groups as well as seed testing laboratories and SMEs involved in seed production. The consortium includes a member from South Africa who is an international expert on seed production in non-EU countries and will provide insight into emerging risks. Involvement of these important players in the management of the project will guarantee that the project plans and outcomes are well-targeted and taken up in a practice so that the project legacy is ensured.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FERA SCIENCE LIMITED
Address
30 Berners Street
W1T 3LR London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 77 211,84
Administrative Contact
Christine Henry (Ms.)

Participants (13)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 560 800,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bert Jansen
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 229 224
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emilie Briand-Dubreuil (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 320 450
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Lodovica Gullino (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 208 963,60
Address
Lynnwood Road
0002 Pretoria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Theresa Aveling (Prof.)
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 67 200
Address
St Andrews House, Regent Road
EH1 3DG Edinburgh
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valerie Cockerell (Mrs.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 226 226,25
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Henrik Wrem (Mr.)
NIAB
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 100 919,50
Address
Huntingdon Road
CB3 0LE Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jane Thomas (Dr.)
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE ALGEMENE KWALITEITSDIENST TUINBOUW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 295 310
Address
Sotaweg 22
2371 GD Roelofarendsveen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michaël Johannes Marcus Ebskamp (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 397 227,80
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Conte (Prof.)
GROUPE D'ETUDE ET DE CONTROLE DES VARIETES ET DES SEMENCES
France
EU contribution
€ 133 562,50
Address
Rue Georges Morel
49071 Beaucouze
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valerie Grimault (Mrs.)
ORGANISATION EUROPEENNE ET MEDITERRANEENNE POUR LA PROTECTION DES PLANTES
France
EU contribution
€ 64 800
Address
Boulevard Richard Lenoir 21
75011 Paris
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francoise Petter (Ms.)
VIDEOMETER AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 96 000
Address
Horkaer 12B 3 Rd Floor
2730 Herlev
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jens Michael Carstensen (Prof.)
Food and Environment Research Agency

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 220 487,76
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
Christine Henry (Ms.)