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PREVENTING HLB EPIDEMICS FOR ENSURING CITRUS SURVIVAL IN EUROPE

PREVENTING HLB EPIDEMICS FOR ENSURING CITRUS SURVIVAL IN EUROPE

Objective

The EU citriculture is threatened by the emerging disease Huanglongbing (HLB, also known as Greening), considered the most devastating citrus disease due to its rapid dispersal, severity and fast progression of symptoms, huge losses in fruit production and quality, cost and difficulty of preventing new infections, lack of resistant citrus varieties and economically feasible treatments for infected trees, and absence of durable control mechanisms. HLB generates multimillion economic losses to citrus industry. Now it is time to start the research in the EU because the vector Trioza erytreae has been detected and is spreading in Spain and Portugal.
The overarching objective of Pre-HLB is to develop and implement a holistic contingency plan to protect the citrus sector in the EU from HLB disease drivers and to co-create new solutions to manage the disease through a multidisciplinary approach and in collaboration with experienced partners from America and Asia.
The Pre-HLB work plan includes three specific objectives to monitor progress:
a) Pre-HLB preventive actions and development of mid-term tools will limit HLB potential introduction, reducing the potential economic impact in EU (estimated in 7.7 billion euros) by 40%
b) The consortium will contribute to improve current HLB surveillance, contingency and control strategies. Up to 100,000Ha of citrus cropping area will be monitored to obtain field information on potential HLB infection and the dynamics of the vector in the subareas of highest risk, thus limiting disease/infestation spread.
c) Excellent European research centres will join forces to fill research gaps in vector biology, host/vector/pathogen interactions, Aurantioideae genetics and genomics, as well as to develop new biotechnological tools, such as new effectors, metabolites, bio-stimulants and biopesticides.Results will identify HLB-resistance traits and will allow to generate long-term resistance.This is one major milestone in the field of citriculture.
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Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Address

Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 744 842,50

Participants (23)

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INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE BRAGANCA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 280 000

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 225 823,75

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 223 500

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 557 990

INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGRARIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 287 500

EMPRESA BRASILEIRA DE PESQUISA AGROPECUARIA EMBRAPA

Brazil

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 324 412,50

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 459 750

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 112 347,50

HUNAN AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

China

ANTI MICROBIAL PEPTIDE BIOTECHNOLOGIES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 257 750

KOPPERT ESPANA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 155 625

MARTINAVARRO SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 148 720

Conselleria de Agricultura, Medio Ambiente, Cambio Climático y Desarrollo Rural

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 162 875

FUNDO DE DEFESA DA CITRICULTURA FUNDECITUS

Brazil

ASOCIACION VALENCIANA DE AGRICULTORES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 235 000

ZABALA INNOVATION CONSULTING, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 401 250

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 156 750

VALGENETICS SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 192 510

UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 296 666,25

FRUSOAL - FRUTAS SOTAVENTO ALGARVE LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 134 700

THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 131 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 817526

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 182 887,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 639 762,50

Coordinated by:

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain