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Microbial Uptakes for Sustainable management of major bananA pests and diseases

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 Pesticides no longer represent a sustainable option for control, and many have been progressively withdrawn from use in the EU or are highly restricted, due to harmful effects on the environment and toxic residues.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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/bacteriology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biological behavioural sciences/ethology/biological interaction
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data mining
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2016-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

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

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 91 412,63
Address
Strada Statale 87 Km 203 Snc
86035 Larino Cb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 440 006,25
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Grupo Regional de Cooperativas Plataneras del Archipielago Canario
Spain
EU contribution
€ 158 096,25
Address
Avenida De Anaga 11
38001 Santa Cruz De Tenerife
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 363 468,75
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 354 635
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 493 568,75
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE
Nigeria
EU contribution
€ 433 603,75
Address
Idi-ose Oyo Road
200001 Ibadan
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOUTHERN NATIONS, NATIONALITIES AND PEOPLES REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 219 562,50
Address
Hawassa
Hawassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY LBG
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 204 320
Address
Off Thika Road Duduville Campus
0100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE REAL IPM COMPANY (KENYA) LIMITED
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 168 346,25
Address
Kichozi Farm
01002 Thika
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ESCUELA DE AGRICULTURA DE LA REGION TROPICAL HUMEDA
Costa Rica
EU contribution
€ 175 601,25
Address
Rectoria Campus Universidad Earth Mercedes Guacimo Limon Route 32 11 Km
4442 1000 San Jose
Activity type
Other
CENTRO NACIONAL DE SANIDAD AGROPECUARIA
Cuba
EU contribution
€ 298 062,50
Address
Carretera De Jamaica Y Autopista Nacional
32700 San Jose De Las Lajas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MSBIOTECH SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 97 306,12
Address
Via Zara 23
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)