Insect-borne prokaryote-associated diseases are seriously affecting the trade and import of agricultural products and materials worldwide. Lethal yellowing in palms and yellows in grapevines, due to the presence of ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma’ species, and huanglongbing in citrus due to ‘Candidatus Liberibacter’ species, are severe infectious diseases that have been recently described, and for their effective, efficient and sustainable management there is the need to fill important knowledge gaps.
In order to increase and strengthen the control strategies available, the Tropicsafe project addressed these diseases focusing on tropical and subtropical areas in nine different regions of Africa, America, Caribbean and Europe.
Tropicsafe project was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 727459. The project aimed to provide innovative tools and solutions to manage and reduce the impact of these diseases due to insect-transmitted bacteria that are affecting and threatening these and other tropical and subtropical agricultural relevant species. A consortium of 22 partners tackled all these issues, aiming to increase and strengthen the control strategies available. A Stakeholders Advisor Board (SAB), with multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder participation, acted as a consulting and advisory board to suggest and impact on the implementation of important parts of the project and to provide evaluation of outputs.
TROPICSAFE specific objectives were the following:
1Obtain updated data and information on Lethal Yellowing (LY), Huanglongbing (HLB) and Grapevine Yellows (GY) diseases in the selected countries. It was done by identifying the pathogens associated with these diseases, their alternative host plants and insect vectors.
2Generate new and deeper knowledge on epidemiological cycles of the studied diseases in subtropical and tropical areas. Plant and insect hosts potentially involved were identified.
3Develop advanced Integrated Pest Management and New Pest Management strategies, to reduce the environmental impact of plant protection strategies, prevent the selected pathogens and pests from entering the UE and contain them to prevent spread in countries already infected. Knowledge about germplasm susceptibility/resistance characteristics was also improved.
Develop rapid and reliable methods for detecting pathogens and identifying insect vectors to reduce cost and environmental impact of phytosanitary control measures (field-validated protocols for early, cheap and specific pathogen detection)
Evaluate the socio-economic sustainability and feasibility of the new technologies and Integrated Pest Management strategies (IPM) (scale-up of the demonstration activities, field trials: comparison before and after the innovation introduction, costs estimation related to the adoption of the new practices, study of distributive effects on different social classes)
- Country: ITALY Main role: The University of Bologna (UNIBO) will be responsible of scientific, technical and overall Project coordination, and will also participate in tasks related […]
- Country: Italy Main role: CREA-VE will share its expertise concerning GY diseases, breeding, phenotypic and genotypic characterization of populations, at field and molecular level. CREA-BP will […]
- Country: Chile Main role: The Cooperative will support the University of Chile carrying out activities related to monitoring and surveillance, epidemiologic studies and communication and dissemination […]
- Country: México Main role: Research on LY disease and in vitro propagation of resistant genotypes, molecular techniques related to phytoplasma detection and genetic characterization, survey of […]
- Country: Ghana Main role: CSIR will investigate the genetic variability of the CSPWD phytoplasma affecting coconut in Ghana. New diagnostic assays will be developed for new […]
- Main role: Monitoring and surveillance of plant pathology diagnosis, epidemiology and molecular characterization of plan pathogens, contributing to the implementation of national regulations for the prevention […]
- Country: Cuba Main role: Research in tropical and subtropical fruit crops, including phytopathology, physiology, management of crops, technology, ecology of pests, postharvest, and others. The institute is […]
- Country: France Main role: Investigating the genetic diversity of the phytoplasmas associated with LY, as well as other genes implied in the pathogenicity. Genome-Wide Association Studies involving […]
- Country: Spain Main role: IVIA will lead the development of Integrate Pest Management (IPM) strategies in TROPICSAFE. IVIA is a well-known research centre devoted to the […]
Country: México Main role: ECOTH will be responsible for the selection of areas what will be determined as the location for experiments. It will also participate […]
- 23 October, 2017