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DEVELOPMENT OF GENERIC 'ON SITE' MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS FOR EU QUARANTINE PESTS AND PATHOGENS'

DEVELOPMENT OF GENERIC 'ON SITE' MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS FOR EU QUARANTINE PESTS AND PATHOGENS'

Objective

PORT CHECK is a combined RTD and demonstration activity aimed to deliver the tools and procedures to allow EU member state Plant Health competent laboratories and inspection services toper form molecular diagnostic assays "on-site" and at points of entry. The proposal will develop and evaluate real-time PCR (Taxman) assays for a number of key harmful organisms, includingPhytophthora ramous (sudden oak death) and pinewood nematode; and transfer these assays to field portable real-time PCR platforms which were originally developed for bio-warfare and bio-terrorism applications. Particular attention will be paid to the problems associated with sampling and nucleic acid extraction in field conditions. The proposal mobilises an impressive consortium, including both academic and SME research partners, along with probably the most comprehensive and representative network of official Plant Health competent laboratory and inspection service organisations ever assembled for an EU RTD proposal. The consortium also includes partners with a proven track record of developing and successfully deploying on-site diagnostic kits to official Plant Health inspection services. Consultation with the principle stakeholders of the technology (inspection services, competent laboratories, DG SANCO, trade representatives etc.) at the outset and throughout the life of the projects given paramount importance. Adoption of the new technology should represent a step change in the way Plant Health services carry out inspections in support of Council Directive 2000/29/EC and will contribute to the reduced risk of the importation (and export) and establishment of harmful organisms. This in turn will help to prevent any consequential negative impacts on the sustainability of European agricultural systems, protect critically important natural forest ecosystems and other negative economic, social and environmental effects associated with the establishment of #

Coordinator

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Address

Nobel House 17 Smith Square
London

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Neil BOONHAM (Dr)

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STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

PLANTENZIEKTENKUNDIGE DIENST (PLANT PROTECTION SERVICE)

Netherlands

DNA RESEARCH INNOVATIONS LTD

United Kingdom

BIOREBA AG

Switzerland

CEPHEID EUROE S.A.

France

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA.

Portugal

FEDERAL OFFICE AND RESEARCH CENTRE FOR FORESTS

Austria

CENTRE DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES.

Belgium

EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW - EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK (EV ILVO)

Belgium

UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS

Denmark

PLANTEDIREKTORATET

Denmark

FINNISH FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY EVIRA

Finland

DIRECTION REGIONALE DE L'AGRICULTURE ET DE LA FOREST

France

LANDWIRTSCHAFTSKAMMER HANNOVER

Germany

FEDERAL BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY (BBA)

Germany

ARISTOTELEIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS - ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI

Greece

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

REGIONE PIEMONTE.

Italy

UNIVERSIDADE DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO.

Portugal

UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA.

Spain

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET.

Sweden

PLANT HEALTH AND SEEDS INSPECTORATE

United Kingdom

FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY.

United Kingdom

STATE PLANT PROTECTION SERVICE

Lithuania

MINISTRY FOR RURAL AFFAIRES AND ENVIRONMENT

Malta

UNIWERSYTET GDANSKI.

Poland

INSPECTORATE OF RS FOR AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, HUNTING AND FISHERIES

Slovenia

NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO

Slovenia

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Cyprus

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Cyprus

FEDERAL AGENCY FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FOOD CHAIN

Belgium

INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGRARIAS

Spain

DIRECCAO GENERAL DE PROTECCAO DAS CULTURAS

Portugal

SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AGENCY

United Kingdom

SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

United Kingdom

TAKARA BIO EUROPE S.A.

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502348

  • Start date

    1 March 2004

  • End date

    31 August 2007

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 737 483

  • EU contribution

    € 1 367 487

Coordinated by:

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom