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The european wolbachia project: towards novel biotechnological approaches for control of arthropod pests and modification of beneficial arthropod species by endosymbiotic bacteria

The european wolbachia project: towards novel biotechnological approaches for control of arthropod pests and modification of beneficial arthropod species by endosymbiotic bacteria

Objective

Wolbachia may be the most abundant and widespread intracellular symbiotic as yet described. Thisunculturable, maternally inherited bacterium is able to invade and maintain itself in numerous arthropod host species by inducing a variety of reproductive alterations such as induction of parthenogenesis development uncertain parasitic wasps, overriding chromosomal sex determination to convert infected genetic males into functional females in crustacean species (feminisation), and most commonly induction of cytoplasmicincompatibility (CI), a form of embryonic lethality in crosses between males and females of different Wolbachiainfection status. This proposal aims to identify the bacterial and host genes involved in the induction of these reproductive phenotypes through an integrated genomic, polemics and post-genomic approach. Identification of these genes will be a major breakthrough towards the goal of using them for applied purposes, for example management of arthropod agricultural pests and disease vectors or provident of beneficial arthropods.

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Coordinator

FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS

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Vassilika Vouton
71110 Iraklion

Greece

Administrative Contact

Eleftherios ECONOMOU (Prof.)

Participants (6)

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SYNAPTIC LTD

Greece

UNIVERSITE DE POITIERS

France

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK3-CT-2000-01079

  • Start date

    1 September 2000

  • End date

    31 August 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 643 580

  • EU contribution

    € 2 231 171

Coordinated by:

FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS

Greece