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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2017-2

Coordinator

GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Net EU contribution
€ 491 875,00
Address
Iera Odos 75
11855 Athina
Greece

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Region
Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (13)

ENDURA SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 134 375,00
Address
Viale Pietramellara 5
40121 Bologna

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Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 360 625,00
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 380 250,00
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
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 170 125,00
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
Net EU contribution
€ 172 202,50
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

INSTITUT NATIONAL D'ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
Net EU contribution
€ 71 247,50
Address
42 Rue Scheffer
75116 Paris 16

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BIPA NV
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 50 250,00
Address
Technologielaan 7
1840 Londerzeel

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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
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ELLINIKOS GEORGIKOS ORGANISMOS - DIMITRA
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 258 925,00
Address
Kourtidou 56-58
11145 Athina

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Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 369 925,00
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 240 100,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE CARTAGENA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 241 250,00
Address
Plaza Del Cronista Isidoro Valverde Edificio La Milagrosa
30202 Cartagena

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Region
Región de Murcia Murcia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BIOBEST GROUP NV
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 50 375,00
Address
Ilse Velden 18
2260 Westerlo

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Turnhout
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Richmond Street Nord - Suite 2 1151
N6A 3K7 Ontario -London

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 104 375,00