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VIROME NGS ANALYSIS OF PESTS AND PATHOGENS FOR PLANT PROTECTION

Objective

Next generation sequencing (NGS) technology has proved to be pivotal for elucidating the complexity and the role of the microbiome associated with plant and animals. The role of the “virome” as a sub-component of the microbiome is beginning to be unveiled because of new ways to analyse the data and in recognition of its importance in shaping biological systems. The aim of VIROPLANT is to apply NGS technology and empirical biological experiments to develop new environmentally friendly virus-based control strategies to manage bacterial, fungal and insect vector-transmitted diseases (phytoplasmas and viruses) as well as insect pests. So far, plant protection through viruses has relied on limited successful model systems, such as baculoviruses for lepidopterans, and one mycovirus for the control of chestnut blight; moreover, viruses infecting bacteria (phages) are also state of the art tools with potential to cope with antibiotic resistant bacterial strains in human and veterinary medicine. VIROPLANT will create a database of new viruses (and virus derived biotechnological products) to increase the arsenal for the control of plant diseases caused by the most important biotic stresses. Different NGS and bioinformatics approaches will be applied to explore the virome diversity, including latent infections that can be potentially exploited for new biocontrol strategies. Protocols of risk assessment will be implemented for virome-based model control strategies. VIROPLANT will address the social and gender-specific perception of the use of virome-based techniques as alternatives to traditional pesticides. A business plan for representative categories of virome-based control strategies will be included. Small and medium enterprises and stakeholders will be involved in bringing the most promising products to the market. The consortium will cover experts in insect virome, phage therapy and mycoviruses from different agro-ecological systems throughout Europe.
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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

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EU Contribution

€ 437 837,50

Participants (16)

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KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 279 900

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 241 984,75

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 238 051,50

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 292 725

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 239 375

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 240 000

EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 323 512,50

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 239 825

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 239 831,25

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 131 000

METEC INNOVATION CONSULTING SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 130 250

APS BIOCONTROL LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 59 950

GAB CONSULTING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 60 325

ELEPHANT VERT FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 58 750

FONDAZIONE PER LA RICERCA L INNOVAZIONE E LO SVILUPPO TECNOLOGICO DELL'AGRICOLTURA PIEMONTESE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 58 500

BOERENBOND

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 59 762,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773567

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 331 580

  • EU contribution

    € 3 331 580

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy