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Pathogen-informed Resistance to Oomycete diseases in Ecosystems, Agriculture and Aquaculture

Objective

The oomycetes are a distinct lineage of Eukaryotic microbes that resemble fungi, but are genetically related to the heterokont (brown) algae. Oomycetes have a worldwide distribution and are destructive and highly adaptable pathogens, infecting vascular plants, fish, insects fungi and occasionally humans. Notorious crop damaging pathogens such as the potato late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans, vegetable root rots and (re)-emerging diseases such as fish saprolegniosis and Sudden Oak Death are global threats to food security and natural ecosystems.
Comparative genomics in the oomycetes reveals major classes of effector proteins used by pathogens to manipulate hosts that can also be recognised by host immune systems. The major challenges in oomycete research are to identify the precise biochemical functions of major pathogenicity determinants (such as effector proteins) and host immune responses (such as plant resistance genes) and translate this research into durable disease control in agriculture, ecosystems and aquaculture. We have assembled a multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral team including some of Europe’s leading researchers in the field, SMEs, multinational companies and government agencies, to train the next generation of European researchers to address these challenges.
PROTECTA aims for a large-scale quantification of effector gene expression and protein abundance during the infection process of oomycetes that infect diverse crop, tree, and fish hosts. We will advance our fundamental understanding of the genetics and biochemistry of host-oomycete interactions on an unprecedented scale. We will exploit this data to identify new mechanisms of host resistance and work directly with plant breeding and aquaculture companies to translate our results into new crop varieties with durable resistance, new ways to protect fish in aquaculture, and new biological control methods to protect agricultural systems and reduce European dependence on chemical pesticides.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology/ethnomycology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/immunology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/phycology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 054 637,28

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
France
EU contribution
€ 525 751,20
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 819 863,64
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 286 275,24
Address
Universitetstunet 3
1433 As
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MARIBOHILLESHOG RESEARCH AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Pobox 302
261 23 Landskrona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ONTWIKKELINGSMAATSCHAPPIJ HET IDEE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Hoflaan 23
3062 JA Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)