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 Pesticides no longer represent a sustainable option for control, and many have been progressively withdrawn from use in the EU or are highly restricted, due to harmful effects on the environment and toxic residues.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

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2016-2

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Net EU contribution
€ 489 413,75
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 489 413,75

Participants (13)

SACOM LAB SPA

Participation ended

Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 91 412,63
Address
Strada Statale 87 Km 203 Snc
86035 Larino Cb
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sud Molise Campobasso
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 91 412,63
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 440 006,25
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante

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Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Alicante/Alacant
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 440 006,25
Grupo Regional de Cooperativas Plataneras del Archipielago Canario
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 158 096,25
Address
Avenida De Anaga 11
38001 Santa Cruz De Tenerife

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Canarias Canarias Tenerife
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 158 096,25
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 363 468,75
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 363 468,75
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 354 635,00
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter

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Region
South West (England) Devon Devon CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 354 635,00
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 493 568,75
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 493 568,75
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE
Nigeria
Net EU contribution
€ 433 603,75
Other funding
€ 433 603,75
SOUTHERN NATIONS, NATIONALITIES AND PEOPLES REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Ethiopia
Net EU contribution
€ 219 562,50
Other funding
€ 219 562,50
THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY LBG
Kenya
Net EU contribution
€ 204 320,00
Other funding
€ 204 320,00
THE REAL IPM COMPANY (KENYA) LIMITED
Kenya
Net EU contribution
€ 168 346,25
Address
Kichozi Farm
01002 Thika

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 168 346,25
ESCUELA DE AGRICULTURA DE LA REGION TROPICAL HUMEDA
Costa Rica
Net EU contribution
€ 175 601,25
Address
Rectoria Campus Universidad Earth Mercedes Guacimo Limon Route 32 11 Km
4442 1000 San Jose

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Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 175 601,25
CENTRO NACIONAL DE SANIDAD AGROPECUARIA
Cuba
Net EU contribution
€ 298 062,50
Address
Carretera De Jamaica Y Autopista Nacional
32700 San Jose De Las Lajas

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 298 062,50
MSBIOTECH SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 97 306,12
Address
Via Zara 23
00198 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 97 306,12