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Developing quarantine pest detection methods for use by national plant protection organizations (NPPO) and inspection services

Developing quarantine pest detection methods for use by national plant protection organizations (NPPO) and inspection services

Objective

Detection methods are the first tools used by national plant protection organisations (NPPO) and inspection services in order to find incursions of quarantine plant pathogens or pests (Q-pests) across a border, a crucial step to implement Council Directive 2000/29/EC. This is often done visually in the first instance, with support from a laboratory for confirmatory testing and subsequent monitoring. Reliance on laboratory testing causes significant delays when action is only taken on the return of results from the laboratory to which the samples were sent. Thus, there is a real need for rapid, simple and robust detection methods that can be deployed by NPPOs in the field with inspection services to enable early detection of Q-pests. The Q-detect consortium aims to develop detection methods based on biochemical (detecting volatile organic compounds [VOC] and nucleic acid), acoustic (including resonance), remote imaging (incorporating spectral and automated data analysis) and pest trapping (insect pests and pathogen vectors) techniques. The careful selection of traded products (primarily potato and forestry/trees) ensures the methods will be developed on high priority targets for the EU such as the pine wood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus), potato brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum) and potato ring rot (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. Sepedonicus), Asian longhorn beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) and a range of whitefly transmitted viruses. The diversity of targets enables the Q-detect consortium to work on suites of complementary techniques; this is of particular importance since the diverse range of targets listed in Directive 2000/29/EC means no single detection method will be suitable for all Q-pests. Critically, NPPOs and third country institutes are partners, which will enable testing, and validation of methods at real outbreak sites where these are absent in the EU. SME partners ensure access to technology and routes for exploitation after the project ends.
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Coordinator

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Address

Area 1a, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
Sw1p 3jr London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 408 757

Administrative Contact

Christina Steveni (Dr.)

Participants (13)

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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 511 478

NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 244 814

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 238 504

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 194 777

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 210 480

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 279 999

Bundesforschungs-und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald, Naturgefahren und Landschaft

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 203 460

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE LA PAPA

Peru

EU Contribution

€ 45 207

CHINESE ACADEMY OF INSPECTION & QUARANTINE

China

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

Q-LINEA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 121 001

Sensor Sense B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 252 408

OPTISENSE limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 30 033

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245047

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2010

  • End date

    28 February 2013

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 988 899

  • EU contribution

    € 2 995 918

Coordinated by:

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom