Research Projects

Gruppo Italiano di lavoro sulla Resistenza agli Erbicidi (GIRE)

GIRE includes members from public research, University, agrochemical industry and advisors. In keeping with the mission of HRAC (Herbicide Resistance Action Committee) and the herbicide resistance Group of EWRS (European Weed Research Society), the mission is to facilitate the communication between the stakeholders. The activities include monitoring, profiling and prepare ...

Holistic Management of Emerging Pests and Diseases

Aims of the project: Adopting a holistic and multi-actor approach, HOMED aims to develop a full panel of scientific knowledge and practical solutions for the management of emerging native and non-native PnPs threatening European forests. Within HOMED, forest health will be considered broadly, including trees not only in forests, but ...

Identificazione e analisi Funzionale di geni di insetto vettore coinvolti nella Specificità di Trasmissione di fitoplasmi (FOotSTEP)

The aim of the Project is to identify genes of insect vectors involved in specificity of phytoplasma transmission mechanisms by verifying their role in vivo through functional analysis. Customized molecular reagents, such as recombinant phytoplasma membrane proteins and specific antibodies, will be produced and characterized. These molecules will be used ...

Impronte molecolari e meccanismi fisiologici alla base dell’adattamento della vite a stress ambientali estremi (GRAPEFIT)

The GRAPEFIT project was conceived to deepen the physiological and molecular mechanisms at the basis of grapevine adaptability to drought events either occurring over a restricted time span or long-lasting. The main objectives of the scheduled research activities will be: 1) to demonstrate whether vines in vitro regenerated through somatic ...

Innovazione Tecnologica e Ambientale per la gestione dei trattamenti nella viticoltura eroica (ITACA)

In Italy, high-quality vines are frequently grown in small fields with slope steeper than 5–10%, where an air-blast sprayer is impractical. For this reason, spray-gun application of pesticides is used, a technique that is very costly and labour intensive, and that causes high pesticide exposure of the operators. A possible ...

Innovazioni vivaistiche per la corilicoltura piemontese (INNOCORE)

In Piedmont, the hazelnut cultivation is characterized by a constant and significant increase in the total area planted. Thus, considering the growing demand for multiplication material of quality and the specific requirements of the market, the nursery sector must offer certified material, from the phytosanitary point of view, and innovative ...

Integrated Weed Management: PRActical Implementation and Solutions for Europe (IWMPRISE)

IWMPRAISE aims to support the implementation of Integrated Weed Management (IWM). IWMPRAISE will demonstrate that adoption of IWM supports more sustainable cropping systems both agronomically and environmentally, which are resilient to external impacts without jeopardising profitability or the steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials. IWMPRAISE aims to develop, test ...

LIFE MycoRestore “Innovative use of mycological resources for resilient and productive Mediterranean forests threatened by climate change – (LIFE MycoRestore (LIFE18 CCA/ES/001110)

LIFE MycoRestore aims to demonstrate the feasibility of sustainable forestry practices based on the use of mycological resources in Mediterranean forests in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The project (based on three main actions: MycoSylvicolture, MycoEconomy and MicoControl) will help to develop management methodologies to make forests more resistant to pest ...

Microbial uptakes for sustainable management of major banana pests and diseases (MUSA)

The MUSA project (UE Call H2020-SFS-2016-2017, Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chains, topic SFS-11-2016) aims at achieving a sustainable intensification of banana and ensete cultivation in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean, through the identification, development and implementation of IPM methods based on beneficial microorganisms. ...

Miglioramento della competitività delle aziende castanicole mediante applicazione di tecniche innovative di gestione del prodotto in pre-post raccolta (Migliorcast)

L’obiettivo principale del progetto è il miglioramento delle tecniche di trattamento in pre- e post-raccolta del prodotto castanicolo al fine di migliorarne la qualità e la conservabilità. Il progetto mira ad implementare metodologie innovative per ridurre la perdita di prodotto in conservazione. Tali tecniche innovative saranno sostenibili sia da un ...

Mining ectomycorrhizal genomes and transcriptomes: from pan-genome to adaptive evolution in a climate change scenario

The purpose of the project related to Proposal 507866 – CSP New Investigator Proposal (2021 Q3 NI) of DOE Joint Genome Institute is the whole genome re-sequencing of 36 different isolates and fruit bodies belonging to four widespread ectomycorrhizal fungal species, i.e., Tuber borchii, Suillus collinitus, Pisolithus tinctorius, and Scleroderma ...

Monitoraggio e gestione sostenibile di nematodi fitoparassiti su vite e mais (NemaGest – MBLab)

In the last decades, climate change contributes to further increase the economic damages caused by nematodes, both due to spreading of very harmful species such as root-knot nematodes (since mostly tropical species and well adapted to warmer environments), and the arrival of alien species not previously recorded in the area. ...

New eco-friendly pest management strategies in viticulture (VITE 4.0)

Vineyard pest management involves a considerable cost, both from an economic and environmental point of view. The European Commission has already decided to cut down on many pesticides, including copper-based fungicides and neonicotinoid insecticides. There is therefore a need to identify new pesticides or to improve the already available ones ...

Nuovi sistemi di diagnosi veloce e tecniche a basso impatto ecotossicologico per contenere fenomeni di resistenza di patogeni, fitofagi e malerbe (RESISTI)

The project aims to develop and validate innovative molecular diagnostic tools (LAMP = Loop-mediated isothermal amplification, ddPCR = Droplet Digital PCR) to early identify resistant weeds, insects and pathogens, considering the main harmful organisms of the crops of the Emilia Romagna region. More sustainable alternative management strategies will also be ...

Olive Biodiversity for Saving Salento from Xylella (BIOSAVEX)

The Project will evaluate the response to natural infections of olive tree cultivars and clones of the cv Leccino to Xylella fastidiosa, for which there are field and molecular evidence indicating resistance to the bacterium. Transcriptomic and anatomo-physiology studies will be carried out in Leccino and in the susceptible cultivar ...

OPTIMal USage of natural product and biological PRIMing agents to improve rEsilience of agrosystems to climate change (OPTIMUS PRIME)

OPTIMUS PRIME pursues the use of bioresources (including natural compounds and soil microorganisms) as seed priming treatments to improve resilience of widespread commercial varieties and local adapted landraces of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L. Mill) to the combination of water deficit, high temperatures and the incidence of two important tomato pests. ...

Phage search in insect vector microbiome (Phaser)

The aim of PHASER is to study the presence of bacteriophages in four insect vectors of important plant diseases, using both an innovative, based on RNAseq analysis, and a traditional, based on microscopic observations, approach. The chosen insects are the phytoplasma vectors Scaphoideus titanus and Euscelidius variegatus, and the virus ...

Phosphorus use efficiency and genetics of bread wheat (PGEN-BW)

Phosphorus is an essential compound for wheat growth. Due to massive phosphorus fertilizer applications from the 60’s to the mid 80’s, phosphorus availability from the soil is, nowadays, not a major issue for bread wheat in most Western European countries. Nevertheless, recent studies demonstrated that it could become a real ...

Plant multitROphic interactions for bioinspired Strategies of PEst ConTrol (PROSPECT)

PROSPECT will use tomato, a crop globally cultivated and of remarkable economic importance for agriculture, particularly in Italy, as the experimental model plant to unravel the functional and metabolic bases underlying the network of trophic interactions among soil beneficial microbiota, plant, pests (phytophagous insects and plant pathogens), and pests’ antagonists. ...

Preventing HLB epidemics for ensuring citrus survival in Europe (PRE-HLB)

Pre-HLB is an EU H2020 project aimed to develop a contingency plan to protect the citriculture in the EU from huanglongbing (HLB, also known as “greening”) disease. Through a multidisciplinary approach and in collaboration with experienced partners from America and Asia, Pre-HLB aims to find innovative measures to prevent the ...