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Pepino mosaic virus: epidemiology. economic impact and pest risk analysis

Pepino mosaic virus: epidemiology. economic impact and pest risk analysis

Objective

PEPEIRA is an RTD activity aimed at developing an EU-wide Pest Risk Assessment (PRA) for Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV). The proposal will investigate the epidemiology and economic impact of PepMV in order to allow a robust and scientifically-justified assessment of the risk posed by this pathogen to the European tomato industry. This includes a true assessment of the economic impact on tomato crops growing in Member States with different climatic and market conditions and the role of seed transmission in the spread of PepMV. The project will also address the increased risk posed by new, biologically and genetically distinct strains of PepMV that have appeared in Europe and elsewhere recently and have the potential to be far more damaging. The proposal will also address the issue of developing validated diagnostic protocols, to be published via EPPO that can be used with confidence by National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) within the EU and laboratories in other countries that trade with the EU. In addition to a strong and focussed science program, the proposal also mobilises an impressive consortium, including all EU laboratories with a proven track record of PepMV research, with extensive plant virus and plant health expertise from all Member States where PepMV poses a potential risk. Consultation with the principle stakeholders (Plant Health Standing Committee, DG SANCO, growers and seed companies etc.) throughout the life of the project is given paramount importance. Adoption of the new PRA will allow EU Plant Health services to develop, via Council Directive 2000/29/EC, a consensus on appropriate measures to prevent PepMV becoming significant detrimental to the EU tomato industry. This in turn will help to prevent any negative impacts on the sustainability of European horticulture and other negative economic and social effects associated with the further establishment of this disease.

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Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Address

Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

René VAN DER VLUGT (Dr)

Participants (18)

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

CSONGRÁD MEGYEI MEZOGAZDASÁGI SZAKIGAZGATÁSI HIVATAL

Hungary

UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS

Denmark

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA E LA SPERIMENTAZIONE IN AGRICOLTURA

Italy

MINISTÈRE DE L'AGRICULTURE ET DE LA PÊCHE-DIRECTION GÉNÉRALE DE L'ALIMENTATION

France

SCIENTIA TERRAE VZW

Belgium

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY

Slovenia

ESTONIAN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTRE

Estonia

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Cyprus

INSTITUTE OF PLANT PROTECTION

Poland

BENAKI PHYTOPATHOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

Greece

NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

Norway

PLANT PROTECTION INSTITUTE

Bulgaria

UNIVERSIDADE DE TRÁS-OS MONTES E ALTO DOURO

Portugal

PLANT PROTECTION SERVICE

Netherlands

JULIUS KUHN INSTITUT, FEDERAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR CULTIVATED PLANTS

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44189

  • Start date

    1 February 2007

  • End date

    31 January 2010

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 427 785

  • EU contribution

    € 801 069

Coordinated by:

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands