Arbuscular mycorrhiza potential to modify grapevine defence against viruses (MYCO GRAPE)

MYCO-GRAPE is a project of the Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation (Split, Croatia) funded by the Croatian Science Fundation. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are proven to have potential for alleviation of biotic stress in plants and activation of mycorrhiza-induced resistance. However, there are significant gaps in the knowledge on bioprotection efficiency of AMF against the plant viruses and no investigations were conducted on the grapevine. In this project the functional interplay among the grapevine-AMF-viruses will be addressed, having in mind the following: global importance of viticulture, grapevine high affinity to the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, AMF potential to alleviate biotic stress and lack of studies on plant-AMF-virus interactions at any woody crop. IPSP-CNR researchers are involved in the research group as expert in AMF symbiosis and grapevine viruses with a role as scientific support and for training.

IPSP personnel: Raffaella Maria Balestrini, Giorgio Gambino
Start: 15/01/2021
End: 15/01/2025

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