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Virome NGS analysis of pests and pathogens for plant protection
Research Areas
  • Virology,
  • Crop production
Viruses are important pathogens that cause numerous diseases in different hosts, such as bacteria, fungi, and insects, which are also significant plant pathogens. The H2020 VIROPLANT project (call SFS17) has the aim of applying NGS technology with empirical biological experiments to develop new environmentally-friendly virus-based control strategies to manage bacterial, fungal and insect vector-transmitted diseases (phytoplasmas and viruses) as well as insect pests. Plant protection through viruses has relied on limited successful model systems, such as baculoviruses for insect pests, and mycoviruses for fungal diseases; moreover, viruses infecting bacteria (phages) are also state of the art tools with potential to cope with antibiotic resistant bacterial strains in human and veterinary medicine. VIROPLANT will create a database of new viruses to increase the arsenal for the biocontrol of plant diseases caused by the most important biotic stresses. Protocols of risk assessment will be implemented for virome-based model control strategies. The project will address the social perception of the use of virome-based techniques as alternatives to traditional pesticides. A business plan for representative categories of virome-based control strategies will be included. Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Stakeholders will be involved in bringing the most promising products to the market. Interdisciplinary approaches involving sociological and communication expertise will specifically address the issue of how to convey to the general public the complex beneficial aspects that viruses can bring to plant biotic stress control, overcoming possible societal reluctance towards the use of virus?related new technologies. The Consortium involves 11 research organizations with complementary expertise from eight EU Countries, four SMEs and two stakeholders. Acknowledgments: GA 773567
XIX Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Fitopatología
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Libro de resúmenes
  • Autor: Maria Angeles Ayllon Talavera (UPM)
  • Autor: Cristina Marzachi (Institut for Sustainable Plant Protection, Torino)
  • Autor: Massimo Turina (Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, Torino)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Patología Vegetal
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas, CBGP
  • Departamento: Biotecnología - Biología Vegetal
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