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Virus free Fruit Nurseries

Virus free Fruit Nurseries

Objective

Fruit trees and grapevine are propagated vegetatively and are often grafted. As a result they suffer from a high number of pathogens such as viruses and viroids, a number of which are causing severe yield losses and reduce the productive life of the affected plants. As these pathogens cannot be controlled by the application of chemicals, the most efficient way to combat them is the production and commercialization of high quality pathogen-tested propagative material. Nevertheless, this procedure is not simple and both academia and private sectors are working towards its improvement. In this direction was built the herein interdisciplinary proposal which brings together academia and private companies to collaborate through their expertise on the following objectives: 1) to identify new viral and viroid strains or species affecting fruit trees and grapevine, 2) to optimise existing and develop novel detection methods and 3) to improve propagation and sanitation methods for producing high quality (virus-tested) plant material of fruit trees and grapevine. In this project diagnostic tools that are currently used in certification programs will be combined with cutting edge technologies such as NGS and Nanobodies. The project has eight academic partners within the EU and associated countries, three within Third Countries and five non-academic partners. The knowledge obtained will be shared among the partners of the proposal and further disseminated to academic institutions, nurseries and other private sectors. Most importantly training of a new generation of researchers will be done in close contact to the needs of both industrial and academic sectors. In conclusion, the results of this proposal will enrich the knowledge on viruses/viroids associated with different diseases, improve the sensitivity of their detection methods, lead to new detection products and further contribute to the improvement of the disseminated propagative material of fruit trees and grapevine.

Coordinator

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Address

Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 148 500

Participants (12)

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AGRITEST SRL

Italy

BETA FIDAN DOKU KULTURU ISLAH ARGEZIRAAT TARIM SULAMA HAYVANCILIK GIDA TURIZM INSAAT SANAYI TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 76 500

BIOREBA AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 4 500

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 63 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 13 500

XILOGIANNIS BROSS UN.CO

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 4 500

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 40 500

LIFESEQUENCING SL

Spain

MUSTAFA KEMAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 166 500

TEKIRDAG NAMIK KEMAL UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 40 500

INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGRARIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

Partners (4)

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INSTITUTE OF PLANT PROTECTION CHINESE ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURE SCIENCES

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR POLITECNICO DO KWANZA SUL

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 734736

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 787 500

  • EU contribution

    € 630 000

Coordinated by:

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece