VERTIGEEN

INEXPENSIVE AND RELIABLE ON-SITE SOLUTION FOR OLIVE PRODUCERS TO CONTAIN VERTICILLIUM WILT

 Coordinatore ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA 

 Organization address address: CALLE VICTOR PRADERA 45
city: CORNELLA DE LLOBREGAT BARCELONA
postcode: 8940

contact info
Titolo: Mrs.
Nome: Anna
Cognome: Szathmary
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 93 204 9922

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Spain [ES]
 Sito del progetto http://www.vertigeen.eu/
 Totale costo 1˙973˙810 €
 EC contributo 1˙387˙889 €
 Programma FP7-SME
Specific Programme "Capacities": Research for the benefit of SMEs
 Code Call FP7-SME-2011
 Funding Scheme BSG-SME-AG
 Anno di inizio 2012
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2012-02-01   -   2015-01-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA

 Organization address address: CALLE VICTOR PRADERA 45
city: CORNELLA DE LLOBREGAT BARCELONA
postcode: 8940

contact info
Titolo: Mrs.
Nome: Anna
Cognome: Szathmary
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 93 204 9922

ES (CORNELLA DE LLOBREGAT BARCELONA) coordinator 71˙575.20
2    FORSITE DIAGNOSTICS LTD

 Organization address address: BLOCK 21, Sand Hutton
city: YORK
postcode: YO41 1LZ

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Chris
Cognome: Danks
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 1904 462331

UK (YORK) participant 268˙525.53
3    LOEWE BIOCHEMICA GMBH

 Organization address address: MUHLWEG 2A
city: SAUERLACH
postcode: 82054

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Caroline
Cognome: Freye-Minks
Email: send email
Telefono: 49810461620
Fax: 49810461648

DE (SAUERLACH) participant 232˙075.42
4    COMERCIAL TECNICA Y VIVEROS SL

 Organization address address: CTRA. NATIONAL 340 KM 873
city: L'ALCUDIA
postcode: 46250

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Jose Vicente
Cognome: Paula Cucarella
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 96 254 1911

ES (L'ALCUDIA) participant 216˙657.93
5    ASSOCIACAO DOS AGRICULTORES DO RIBATEJO - ORGANIZACAO DE EMPREGADORES DOS DISTRITOS DE SANTAREM LISBOA E LEIRIA

 Organization address address: RUA DE SANTA MARGARIDA 1 A
city: SANTAREM
postcode: 2000 114

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Susana
Cognome: Sassetti
Email: send email
Telefono: +351 91 345 01 98

PT (SANTAREM) participant 189˙083.45
6    ETHNIKH DIEPAGGELMATIKH ORGANOSH ELAIOLADOY KAI ELIAS ASTIKI ETAIREIA

 Organization address address: ARKADIAS KAI MESOGEION 26
city: Athens
postcode: 11526

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Konstantina
Cognome: Spyropoulou
Email: send email
Telefono: +30 210 7771785
Fax: +30 210 7757524

EL (Athens) participant 156˙183.81
7 AGRUPACION EMPRESARIAL INNOVADORA DEL SECTOR PROVEEDOR DE BIENES Y SERVICIOS DEL SECTOR OLEICOLA ES participant 134˙199.41
8    STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

 Organization address address: Costerweg 50
city: WAGENINGEN
postcode: 6701BH

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Petra
Cognome: Van Diermen
Email: send email
Telefono: 31317481257
Fax: +31 317 418 094

NL (WAGENINGEN) participant 38˙559.90
9    THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

 Organization address address: Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
city: LONDON
postcode: SW1P 3JR

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Christina
Cognome: Steveni
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 1904 462226
Fax: +44 1904 462250

UK (LONDON) participant 38˙090.50
10    PELOSI SERGIO

 Organization address address: CONTRADA POSTA NUOVA 57
city: TROIA
postcode: 71029

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Sergio
Cognome: Pelosi
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 88 17 08560

IT (TROIA) participant 36˙551.97
11    BIOREBA AG

 Organization address address: CHRISTOPH MERIAN RING 7
city: REINACH
postcode: 4153

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Thomas
Cognome: Oberhänsli
Email: send email
Telefono: +41 712 1125

CH (REINACH) participant 6˙386.28

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 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

VERTIGEEN addresses a need identified by olive sector SME-Associations for the rapid and reliable on-site detection and quantification of the Verticillium dahliae fungus in soil and plant samples. The increasing frequency and severity of this pathogen in most EU olive growing areas has made it the most serious problem of commercial olive plantations. For an estimated commercial price of €1,000/device and €10/test, VERTIGEEN will allow olive producers to reduce losses caused by this pathogen by means of precise and efficient field interventions within an Integrated Pest Management Strategy. The system innovatively integrates in a single platform new but successfully demonstrated technologies: the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method and the original in-solution-DNA electrochemical detection, overcoming the limitations of the state of the art in terms of heterogeneity, portability, price, ease of use and time-to-result. VERTIGEEN will directly benefit the European olive sector by limiting disease spread and reducing its impact. Crop yield and profitability will increase, while production costs related to the systemic use of pesticides and the production of healthy olive trees will be reduced. Other benefits extend to olive nurseries being able to issue quality certificates of planting material, and for authorities monitoring disease occurrence. The SME-AGs who have a direct role in the production and distribution of olive oil will benefit from direct economic benefits of their IPR ownership, while their associated SMEs will increase their profit margins, preserve employment and maintain a competitive edge in the global market. Industrial SMEs, chosen by SME-AGS to guarantee the best exploitation route to the market, will benefit from an innovative portfolio product to generate new income sources and open new markets in Verticillium control.

Introduzione (Teaser)

A soil fungus blight threatens the European olive industry. An EU project developed a device for quick assessment of samples, using DNA amplification and electrochemical methods, which helps contain outbreaks.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

The EU dominates the world's olive sector, both in production and consumption. Yet, the small businesses involved suffer from low profit margins, and are vulnerable to international competition and drops in productivity.

Verticillium dahliae (VD), a soil-borne pathogen, is the greatest threat to productivity. The disease affects yield in many crop species, including olives, and in recent years outbreaks have been occurring with increasing frequency.

Conventional methods of detection are complex and slow, plus require trained technicians. Thus, the EU has funded the project 'Inexpensive and reliable on-site solution for olive oil producers to contain Verticillium wilt' (http://www.vertigeen.eu (VERTIGEEN)). The goal is to develop a rapid, on-site system for VD detection, combining DNA amplification and electrochemical methods. The resulting device is affordable, easy to use and quick.

Progress to date is on track. The study team initially surveyed the European market's requirements for detection. The questionnaire-based information obtained from small and medium-sized enterprises in four countries helped tailor the device to the sector's needs. The information will also determine the business plan to be completed during the project's second half.

Protocols for sample collection and processing have been defined for soil and plant samples. Other processing methods were also compared, and the effects of seasonality have been studied. Initial primers for DNA amplification have been designed, yet further optimisation work will be needed.

The team prepared designs for hardware components, including a polymer reaction tube and screen-printed electrodes. Electrical diagrams for the detection unit have also been prepared, and the housing box has been designed and constructed. A user interface involving a seven-inch touchscreen is under development.

Substantial project efforts went into literature searches concerning how soil inocula levels affect disease incidence, disease risk and incidence factors. The information will yield a disease risk category system.

The VERTIGEEN project will yield a system allowing olive growers to quickly and simply test soil and plant samples for VD. The information will allow growers to minimise infection risks and outbreaks, and thus maximise yield and competitiveness.

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