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Innovative tools for rational control of the most difficult-to-manage pests (super pests) and the diseases they transmit

Objective

Among the most acute challenges that many producers of fruit and vegetable crops currently face are a subset of arthropod pest species - namely aphids, whiteflies, thrips and mites - that are extremely difficult to control (the “super pests”). These issues have been caused, in part, by the over reliance on synthetic insecticides and novel methods of control are urgently required. The SuperPests project aims to meet this need by developing and evaluating a suite of innovative products, tools and concepts, and integrating these with existing approaches in data driven Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. These control strategies will ensure the effective and sustainable control of the “super pests”, with substantially reduced use of pesticides. To achieve this SuperPests will develop multiplex and automated sample-to-answer diagnostics (biotypes, infection status and insecticide resistance profile), evaluate biopesticides (green chemistry – plant extracts & metabolites, synergists, RNAi and bio-stimulants), study host plant resistance to pests and compatibility with biological control, select natural enemies better suited to certain crops and IPM, and develop predictive mathematical models, iteratively validated against experimental data, to determine optional combinations for IPM. Successful completion of the deliverables of SuperPests will create opportunities for the commercial exploitation of the new tools and products. The previous experience of the consortium members with a whole range of multi-actor and multidisciplinary approaches and cutting-edge translational technologies, the extensive synergies with parallel large international programs, and the inclusion of appropriate companies places the SuperPests team in a strong position to generate knowledge and create smart tools and practices which ensure pest control while protecting the environment and human health.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/mathematical model
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 491 875

Participants (12)

ENDURA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 134 375
Address
Viale Pietramellara 5
40121 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 360 625
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 380 250
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 170 125
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 261 250
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
BIPA NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 50 250
Address
Technologielaan 7
1840 Londerzeel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELLINIKOS GEORGIKOS ORGANISMOS - DIMITRA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 241 125
Address
Kourtidou 56-58
11145 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 369 925
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 240 100
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE CARTAGENA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 241 250
Address
Plaza Del Cronista Isidoro Valverde Edificio La Milagrosa
30202 Cartagena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIOBEST GROUP NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 50 375
Address
Ilse Velden 18
2260 Westerlo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
Canada
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Richmond Street Nord - Suite 2 1151
N6A 3K7 Ontario -London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments