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Enhancement and Exploitation of Soil Biocontrol Agents for Bio-Constraint Management in Crops

Enhancement and Exploitation of Soil Biocontrol Agents for Bio-Constraint Management in Crops

Objective

In the last years increasing difficulties have appeared in vegetable crops to manage some diseases, such as those caused by Sclerotinia, Fusarium or Pythium spp., or some noxious plants, such as parasitic and perennial weeds. This is in part due to the lack of available efficacious trol methods, to the ban of some chemicals, and to the prohibition of their use in organic farming. The use of biotrol agents, although is widely sidered a very promising strategy of disease and weed management at the soil level, has still a limited application at the European level, due to the limited efficacy of the microbes and to the lack of knowledge for their best use. The main aim of the project is to study some of the already available or the most promising biotrol microorganisms (such as Fusarium, Trichoderma or iothyrium sp.), using a combination of strategies. Studying the genetic and physiological enhancement strategies, the ecological fitness of the agents, the production, formulation and application methods, the integration with other organisms and with trol methods, and assessing their quality and the risk of release into the environment, it will be possible to improve the efficacy of fungal biotrol agents, allowing their wider use at the European level, and giving new important tools to support the production of safer and healthier foods.

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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma

Italy

Administrative Contact

Maurizio VURRO (Dr)

Participants (9)

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

IMAGO SRL

Italy

WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Israel

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR PLANTEFORSKING

Norway

HORTICULTURE RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL

United Kingdom

PROPHYTA BIOLOGISCHER PFLANZENSCHUTZ GMBH

Germany

ALL-RUSSIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF PLANT PROTECTION

Russia

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 1687

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 December 2006

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 783 320

  • EU contribution

    € 2 295 960

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy