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

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.

Coordinator

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Address

Iera Odos 75
11855 Athens

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 491 875

Participants (12)

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ENDURA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 134 375

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 360 625

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 380 250

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 170 125

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 261 250

BIPA NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 50 250

ELLINIKOS GEORGIKOS ORGANISMOS - DIMITRA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 241 125

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 369 925

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 240 100

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE CARTAGENA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 241 250

BIOBEST GROUP NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 50 375

THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO

Canada

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773902

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2018

  • End date

    31 August 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 095 900

  • EU contribution

    € 2 991 525

Coordinated by:

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece