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Development of a new diagnostic tool using DNA barcoding to identify quarantine organisms in support of plant health

Objective

Development of accurate identification tools for plant pathogens and pests is vital to support European Plant Health Policies. For this project Council Directive 2000/29/EC is important, listing some 275 organisms for which protective measures against introduction into and their spread within the Community needs to be taken. Those threats are now greater than ever because of the increases in the volumes, commodity types and origins of trade, the introduction of new crops, the continued expansion of the EU and the impact of climate change. Currently identifying pathogens (in particular new emerging diseases) requires a staff with specialised skills in all disciplines (mycology, bacteriology, etc.); which is only possible within big centralised laboratory facilities. Taxonomy, phytopathology and other fields which are vital for sustaining sound public policy on phytosanitary issues are threatened with extinction. Modern molecular identification/detection techniques may tackle the decline in skills since they often require much less specialist skills to perform, are more amenable for routine purposes and can be used for a whole range of different target organisms. Recently DNA barcoding has arisen as a robust and standardised approach to species identification. QBOL wants now to make DNA barcoding available for plant health diagnostics and to focus on strengthening the link between traditional and molecular taxonomy as a sustainable diagnostic resource. Within QBOL collections harbouring plantpathogenic Q-organisms will be made available. Informative genes from selected species on the EU Directive and EPPO lists will be DNA barcoded from vouchered specimens. The sequences, together with taxonomic features, will be included in a new internet-based database system. A validation procedure on developed protocols and the database will be undertaken across worldwide partners to ensure robustness of procedures for use in a distributed network of laboratories across Europe

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/bacteriology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology
  • /social sciences/political science/public policy
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 564 916
Administrative Contact
Peter Bonants (Dr.)

Participants (20)

Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 390 000
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christina Steveni (Dr.)
VLAAMSE GEWEST
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Address
Avenue Du Port 88
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erik Van Bockstaele (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 210 800
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 345 664
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roger Fehr (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 340 060
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dominique Ottomani (Mr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 170 000
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Steen Lykke Nielsen (Mr.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 169 960
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Torresan Diego (Dr.)
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 305 000
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Don Van Velzen (Mr.)
CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE LA PAPA
Peru
EU contribution
€ 110 753
Address
Avenida La Molina 1895
12 Lima
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Alonso (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE VOEDSEL EN WARENAUTORITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 65 075
Address
Catharijnesingel
3511 GG Utrecht
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marianne Wiers (Ms.)
NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 14 934
Address
Vecna Pot 111
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maja Ravnikar (Dr.)
Státní rostlinolékařská správa
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 12 206
Address
State Phytosanitary Administration 23
CZ77900 Olomouc
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katerina Tomankova (Dr.)
MINISTERE DE L AGRICULTURE DE L AGROALIMENTAIRE ET DE LA FORET
France
Address
Rue De Varenne 78
75700 Paris
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Caffier (Mr.)
CHINESE ACADEMY OF INSPECTION & QUARANTINE
China
EU contribution
€ 14 400
Address
North Road Gaobei Dian 3 Chaoyang District
100025 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Weimin Li (Dr.)
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
New Zealand
Address
Corner Of Springs And Ellesmere Junction Road
8150 Canterbury
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrina Wilke (Ms.)
EMPRESA BRASILEIRA DE PESQUISA AGROPECUARIA EMBRAPA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 12 825
Address
Prq Estacao Biologica Pqeb Edificio Sede Plano Piloto
70770901 Brasilia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juliana Freitas-Astua (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 13 800
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emilio Stefani (Prof.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 14 400
Address
Carretera De La Coruna Km7.5
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaime Cubero (Dr.)
STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 11 640
Address
Victoria Street Administration B Building
7600 Stellenbosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lizel Mostert (Dr.)
AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA SECURITE SANITAIRE DE L ALIMENTATION DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DU TRAVAIL
France
EU contribution
€ 15 000
Address
14 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie
94700 Maisons Alfort
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Franquet (Mrs.)