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Insect-borne prokaryote-associated diseases in tropical and subtropical perennial crops

Insect-borne prokaryote-associated diseases in tropical and subtropical perennial crops

Objective

The project aims to address economically important insect-borne prokaryote-associated diseases of perennial crops (palm, citrus and grapevine) grown in tropical and subtropical areas which are seriously affecting the trade and import of agricultural products and materials worldwide. These diseases are due to the presence of ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma’ associated with “lethal yellowing” in palms and “yellows” in grapevine, and ‘Ca. Liberibacter’ associated with “Huanglongbing” in citrus. These diseases could also present a possible threat to EU agriculture as a result of accelerated climate change that the EU is facing nowadays. The management of these diseases will be focused on tropical and subtropical areas in Africa (Ghana, South Africa and Reunion), the Americas (Mexico, Chile) and the Caribbean (Guadalupe, Jamaica, Cuba), and subtropical regions in Europe (Spain). Prevalence of the aforementioned diseases is severe in these areas, giving rise to social and economic threats, affecting local agriculture and export of products internationally and, in particular, to the EU. Knowledge and technologies available in the EU countries will be deployed in tropical and subtropical regions for carrying out epidemiologic studies aimed at filling gaps in our knowledge (including climatic and cultural factors); integrated pest management strategies based on innovative diagnostic and prevention tools; reduced insecticide treatments; use of defence elicitors and improved resistant germplasm; and pest risk assessment schemes. The project will evaluate the economical sustainability and the industrial relevance of the proposed solutions, and will assess the social impact of these diseases, and the distributive effects in the target countries. Local plant protection organizations, farmers and producers will actively participate as partners and/or in the Stakeholder Advisory Board, taking part in field trials, demonstration and exploitation of the results.
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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

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Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 577 518,75

Participants (21)

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CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 382 750

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 271 302,50

COCONUT INDUSTRY BOARD

Jamaica

EU Contribution

€ 110 000

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 206 445

COOPERATIVA AGRICOLA VITIVINICOLA LONCOMILLA

Chile

EU Contribution

€ 85 000

Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán A.C.

Mexico

EU Contribution

€ 199 851,25

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

Ghana

EU Contribution

€ 99 622,50

COLEGIO DE POSTGRADUADOS

Mexico

EU Contribution

€ 95 408,75

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

AGRITEST SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 41 625

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 218 812,50

NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 220 000

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Chile

EU Contribution

€ 221 250

INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN FRUTICULTURA TROPICAL

Cuba

EU Contribution

€ 92 495

FUNDACION EMPRESA UNIVERSIDAD GALLEGA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 292 668,75

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 266 437,50

INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGRARIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 221 500

ECOPRODUCTORES DEL TROPICO HUMEDO

Mexico

EU Contribution

€ 85 312,50

ASSOFWI

France

EU Contribution

€ 134 375

PATHO SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

VINPRO

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 17 588,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727459

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2017

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 999 963,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 999 963,75

Coordinated by:

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy