H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016-Virus free fruit nurseries

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Introduction

Fruit trees and grapevine are propagated vegetatively and are often grafted

As a result they suffer from a high number of pathogens such as viruses and viroids, with some of them causing severe yield losses and reducing the productive life of the affected plants

These pathogens cannot be controlled by the application of chemicals therefore the most efficient way to combat them is the production and commercialization of high quality pathogen-tested propagative material

 

Objectives of VirFree

VirFree brings together participants from both academia and private companies to collaborate through their expertise on the following objectives:

1) to identify new viral and viroid strains or species affecting fruit trees and grapevine

2) to optimize existing and develop novel detection methods and

3) to improve propagation and sanitation methods for producing high quality (virus-tested) plant material of fruit trees and grapevine

 

Approach

Diagnostic tools currently used in certification schemes will be combined with cutting edge technologies such as NGS and Nanobodies

Expected benefits

  • training of a new generation of researchers to fulfill the needs of both industrial and academic sectors 
  • enrich the knowledge on viruses/viroids associated with different diseases
  • improve the sensitivity of detection methods
  • development of new detection products
  • improvement of the disseminated propagative material of fruit trees and grapevine

Academic institutions:

  • Laboratory of Plant Pathology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, CNR (Italy)
  • Institut de Biologie Moleculaire des Plantes, CNRS (France)
  • Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, FoRTH (Greece)
  • Mustafa Kemal University (Turkey)
  • Namik Kemal University (Turkey)
  • Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (Spain)
  • University of Basilicata (Italy)
  • Institute of plant protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (China)
  • Instituto superior politecnico do kuanza sul (Angola)
  • University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Companies:

  • AGRITEST S.r.l (Italy)
  • Beta Fidan (Turkey)
  • BIOREBA AG, REINACH (Switzerland)
  • Fitotechniki -XILOGIANNIS BROS UN.CO. (Greece)
  • Lifesequencing, S.L. (Spain)

Partners (in Third Countries):

  • Institute of plant protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (S. Li) (China)
  • Instituto superior politécnico do kuanza sul (A.T. da Cunha) (Angola)
  • University of Pretoria (G. Pietersen) (South Africa)

VirFree brings together participants from both academia and privatecompanies to collaborate through their expertise on the following objectives

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VirFree (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016-Virus free fruit nurseries) © All Rights Reserved | This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 734736.