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RustWatch: A European early-warning system for wheat rust diseases

Objective

RustWatch will establish a stakeholder driven early-warning system to improve preparedness and resilience to emerging rust diseases on wheat, which is Europe’s largest agricultural crop. This is urgent because Europe in 2016 experienced the most severe epidemics of wheat stem rust for more than 50 years, and the pre-existing population of wheat yellow rust has been replaced by invasive races of non-European origin. RustWatch will address all areas listed in the call, including exploring the drivers shaping the new European wheat rust populations, assessment of their impact on agricultural productivity in the context of IPM Directive 2009/128/EC, and finally develop research and communication infrastructures taking advantage of stakeholder networks and expertise, and collaboration via existing global networks. RustWatch provides beyond state-of-the-art research within new diagnostic tools, enabling rapid and precise identification of new invasive races, and investigating the impact of virulence, aggressiveness and adaptation to warmer temperatures as drivers of pathogen spread and establishment. The research has potential for a break-through in the area of host resistance phenotyping, e.g., by going beyond the observation of disease and categorize resistance responses at the cellular level. This phenotyping is essential for utilizing the vast amount of genomic sequence information produced by new emerging breeding technologies. The early-warning system for prevention and control of rust diseases will become implemented via case studies in five regions. The case studies will aid in development and validation of the systems in collaboration with a wide array of stakeholder groups, involve agricultural advisers in disease surveillance and sampling for later diagnosis, and collect information about potential barriers in adopting the system. RustWatch engages 12 universities/research institutes, 5 agricultural advisory services, and 8 SMEs/industries.
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Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Address

Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 443 212,50

Participants (24)

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NIAB

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 545 235

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 750 525

JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 429 455

JOHN INNES CENTRE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 398 232,50

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 130 712,50

THE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE, PESHAWAR

Pakistan

EU Contribution

€ 120 312,50

SAATZUCHT JOSEF BREUN GMBH AND CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 63 763,75

SOCIETE RAGT 2N SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 26 251,25

LANTMANNEN EKONOMISK FORENING

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 21 888,75

AS.A.R. SOCIETA SEMPLICE AGRICOLA RANDAZZO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 86 973,75

NORDIC SEED AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 21 888,75

GROUPE D'ETUDE ET DE CONTROLE DES VARIETES ET DES SEMENCES

France

EU Contribution

€ 75 952,50

TYSTOFTEFONDEN

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 46 871,25

ARVALIS INSTITUT DU VEGETAL

France

EU Contribution

€ 113 543,75

INSTITUTO NAVARRO DE TECNOLOGIAS E INFRAESTRUCTURAS AGROALIMENTARIAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 144 515

HIR SKANE AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 42 500

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 183 147,50

INSTYTUT HODOWLI I AKLIMATYZACJI ROSLIN - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 76 951,25

LATVIJAS AUGU AIZSARDZIBAS PETNIECIBAS CENTRS

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 15 283,06

NARODNE POL'NOHOSPODARSKE A POTRAVINARSKE CENTRUM

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 63 873,75

BAYER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 31 253,75

LANDBRUG & FODEVARER F.M.B.A.

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 102 430

VYZKUMNY USTAV ROSTLINNE VYROBY VVI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 28 140

LATVIJAS LAUKSAIMNIECIBAS UNIVERSITATE

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 37 085,69

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773311

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 999 998,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 998,75

Coordinated by:

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark