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COST-EFFECTIVE HAND-HELD DEVICE FOR RAPID IN-FIELD DETECTION OF FLAVENSCENCE DOREE PHYTOPLASMA IN GRAPEVINES

Objective

VITISENS proposes the development of an innovative hand-held device that integrates the three steps for accurate detection of nucleic acids (extraction, amplification and detection) in a single platform with a cost below €1000 + €10/test. This in-field tool will allow non-technical staff to easily detect the Flavescence dorée, the most destructive phytoplasma disease of grapevines. The incidence of this disease is epidemic and rising rapidly in many European countries, straining grape and wine producers already struggling to maintain global competitiveness.
Currently available laboratory techniques for detecting the disease are expensive, time-consuming and require trained personnel as well as expensive equipment in centralized laboratories, and in many cases carry the risk of sample contamination. Overcoming portability, heterogeneity, risk of contamination and ease of use limitations rely on the ideal integrated design of the platform within a closed disposable cartridge while overcoming the expense of current methods relies on the amplification step, done under isothermal conditions by the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) as well as on the development of a low cost robust fluorescence reader.
The technology will directly benefit European winegrowers by limiting disease spread and reducing the number of vines destroyed. Wine quality and crop yield will increase, while production costs related to the systemic use of pesticides and the production of healthy vines will be reduced. Other benefits extend to vine nurseries being able to issue quality certificates of planting material, and to authorities when monitoring disease occurrence.
Manufacturer SMEs will benefit from accessing new markets with new portfolio products, generating new income sources and from the innovative character of the system, which can be further applied for detecting other pathogens.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/nucleic acid

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs
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Food and Environment Research Agency
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Christina Steveni (Dr.)

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MERCIER FRERES SARL
France
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€ 196 126,95
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Rue De La Chaignee 16
85770 Vix
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Olivier Zekri (Mr.)
RAIMUND PRUM
Germany
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€ 205 243,95
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Uferallee 25
54470 Bernkastel-kues
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Raimund Prüm (Mr.)
CANTINE D'ALFONSO DEL SORDO SRL
Italy
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€ 196 126,95
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Contrada S Antonino Ss 89 Km 5 Presso Azienda Coppanetta
71016 San Severo
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giovanni D'alfonso Del Sordo (Mr.)
FORSITE DIAGNOSTICS LTD
United Kingdom
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€ 203 933,54
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Block 21, Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ York
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Christopher Danks (Mr.)
SEDIAG
France
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€ 201 625,12
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Technopole Agroenvironnement Agronov Les Coulots Rd 31 Bat B
21110 Breteniere
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Laurent Prevotat (Ms.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
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€ 30 004,80
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Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
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Albert Nieto (Mr.)
NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO
Slovenia
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€ 14 962,12
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Vecna Pot 111
1000 Ljubljana
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Research Organisations
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Maja Ravnikar (Dr.)