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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2016-2
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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 577 518,75

Participants (21)

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 382 750
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 271 302,50
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COCONUT INDUSTRY BOARD
Jamaica
EU contribution
€ 110 000
Address
18 Waterloo Road
Kingston 10
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 206 445
Address
Lynnwood Road
0002 Pretoria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COOPERATIVA AGRICOLA VITIVINICOLA LONCOMILLA
Chile
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Ribera Poniente Rio Loncomilla S/n
3660000 San Javier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán A.C.
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 199 851,25
Address
Calle 43 130
97200 Mérida, Yucatán
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 99 622,50
Address
Agostino Neto Road 15
Accra
Activity type
Research Organisations
COLEGIO DE POSTGRADUADOS
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 95 408,75
Address
Carretera Mexico-texcoco Km 36.5
56230 Texcoco
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Victoria Street Administration B Building
7600 Stellenbosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGRITEST SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 41 625
Address
Strada Provinciale Per Casamassima Km 3
70010 Valenzano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 218 812,50
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 220 000
Address
Vecna Pot 111
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE
Chile
EU contribution
€ 221 250
Address
Av. Libertador Bernardo O'higgins 1058
10 Santiago
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN FRUTICULTURA TROPICAL
Cuba
EU contribution
€ 92 495
Address
Avenue 7Th, Number 3005
11300 La Habana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION EMPRESA UNIVERSIDAD GALLEGA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 292 668,75
Address
Rua Lope Gomez De Marzoa Campus Universitario Sur
15705 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Other
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
France
EU contribution
€ 266 437,50
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGRARIAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 221 500
Address
Carretera De Moncada Km 10.7
46113 Moncada Valencia
Activity type
Other
ECOPRODUCTORES DEL TROPICO HUMEDO
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 85 312,50
Address
Eucalipto No 14 Pedregal De Las Fuentes
62550 Jiutepec Estado De Morelos
Activity type
Other
ASSOFWI
France
EU contribution
€ 134 375
Address
Route Du Bouchu
97119 Vieux Habitants
Activity type
Other
PATHO SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
205 Tom Jenkins Drive Rietondale
0084 Pretoria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VINPRO
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 17 588,75
Address
Labori Et Picardi Cecilia Street
7646 Suider Paarl
Activity type
Other