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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.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy/plant protection
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/volatile organic compounds
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/nucleic acid

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2009-3
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

Food and Environment Research Agency
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 408 757
Administrative Contact
Christina Steveni (Dr.)

Participants (13)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 511 478
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Astrid Bon (Ms.)
NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 244 814
Address
Vecna Pot 111
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Franc Potonik (Mr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 238 504
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juerg Frey (Dr.)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 194 777
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Chris Bee (Mr.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 210 480
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Guglielmo Costa (Prof.)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 279 999
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Audri Lamers (Ms.)
BUNDESFORSCHUNGS UND AUSBILDUNGSZENTRUM FUR WALD NATURGEFAHREN UND LANDSCHAFT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 203 460
Address
Seckendorff Gudent Weg 8
1131 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martin Brandstetter (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrea Battisti (Prof.)
CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE LA PAPA
Peru
EU contribution
€ 45 207
Address
Avenida La Molina 1895
12 Lima
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Barker (Dr.)
CHINESE ACADEMY OF INSPECTION & QUARANTINE
China
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
North Road Gaobei Dian 3 Chaoyang District
100025 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ming-Fu Li (Dr.)
Q-LINEA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 121 001
Address
Dag Hammarskjolds Vag 58A
75237 Uppsala
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jonas Jarvius (Dr.)
Sensor Sense B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 252 408
Address
Toernooiveld 1
6500 GL Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sacco Te Lintel Hekkert (Dr.)
OPTISENSE limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 30 033
Address
Gateford Drive 74
RH12 5FW Horsham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Andreou (Mr.)