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Microbial Uptakes for Sustainable management of major bananA pests and diseases

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727624

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 987 403,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 987 403,75

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

Objective

Nematodes and weevils of banana with Panama disease globally affect food security, causing yearly crop losses for many billion € in Canary Islands, Caribbean and Africa. These threats concomitantly affect crops in tropical and sub-tropical systems. In regions such as Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) millions of farmers rely on cooking banana, plantain and ensete as starch staple food crops and for income. Pesticides no longer represent a sustainable option for control, and many have been progressively withdrawn from use in the EU or are highly restricted, due to harmful effects on the environment and toxic residues. In SSA, where phytosanitary policies and regulations are often less effective, such pesticides are still being (mis)used, posing a significant threat to vulnerable farmers and consumers. In the absence of long term strategies or suitable control methods, and under the influence of changing climates in tropical and subtropical regions, the banana crops are becoming ever more exposed to pathogens and pests due to higher multiplication rates and prevalence induced by temperatures and rainfall patterns. The principal outcome of this project will be to achieve sustainable intensification of Musa spp. and ensete crops, through identification, development and implementation of IPM based on beneficial microorganisms. MUSA proposes, in a holistic view, IPM methods based on microbial consortia and banana germplasm, studying the plant reactions (phenotypic and molecular) to different biotic stresses. This will be achieved by screening, testing and evaluating in the field, selected banana lines, in an attempt to identify (via transcriptomic analyses) the principal genes involved in driving a resistant/succumbent response, and the interaction with beneficial microorganisms. The latter include endophytes and biocontrol agents (EBCAs) integrated with plant germplasm to develop information-based IPM strategies through field trials.

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 489 413,75

Participants (13)

SACOM LAB SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 91 412,63

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 440 006,25

Grupo Regional de Cooperativas Plataneras del Archipielago Canario

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 158 096,25

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 363 468,75

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 354 635

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 493 568,75

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE

Nigeria

EU Contribution

€ 433 603,75

SOUTHERN NATIONS, NATIONALITIES AND PEOPLES REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Ethiopia

EU Contribution

€ 219 562,50

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY LBG

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 204 320

THE REAL IPM COMPANY (KENYA) LIMITED

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 168 346,25

ESCUELA DE AGRICULTURA DE LA REGION TROPICAL HUMEDA

Costa Rica

EU Contribution

€ 175 601,25

CENTRO NACIONAL DE SANIDAD AGROPECUARIA

Cuba

EU Contribution

€ 298 062,50

MSBIOTECH SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 97 306,12

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727624

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 987 403,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 987 403,75

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy