Call - 2022

The members of the Euphresco network propose a number of ideas each year. This can lead to transnational collaborations, provided that they raise enough interest, that coordinators are identified and national funds are committed.

Collaboration with non-Euphresco organisations (research institutes, universities, private companies and other plant health stakeholders) is encouraged and the administrative formalities are kept to a minimum. For any questions on how to be involved in Euphresco projects, please contact the Euphresco coordinator. The research topics proposed for transnational collaboration in 2022 for which topic descriptions have been prepared are presented below:


Detection and identification of severe strains of citrus tristeza virus
Short description: the project will aim to develop molecular tests for the detection and identification of CTV strains and in particular, the severe strains as defined in the EFSA scientific opinion
Expected output: development and validation of diagnostic tests
The topic description is available here.

Insights into the biology of tomato brown rugose fruit virus: virus survival in soil
Short description: the project will develop knowledge on the survival of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in soil in different agro-ecological and pedoclimatic conditions. Survival following composting will also be considered
Expected output: knowledge on epidemiology
The topic description is available here.

Validation of molecular diagnostic methods for the detection and identification of tomato mottle mosaic virus
Short description: the project will validate molecular tests for the detection and identification of tomato mottle mosaic virus
Expected output: validated diagnostic tests
The topic description is available here.

Development of validated procedures for the phytosanitary treatment of wood products and bamboo using ethane dinitrile
Short description: the project will produce knowledge on the efficacy of ethane dinitrile as a phytosanitary treatment as a replacement for methyl bromide
Expected output: validated phytosanitary treatment
The topic description is available here.

Development of a seed identification guide for invasive plants and weedy species
Short description: the project will produce/gather knowledge on seeds of invasive plants and weeds to support their identification
Expected output: guidelines on the taxonomy and identification of seeds of invasive plants and weeds
The topic description is available here.

Understanding and managing the impact of Phytophthora in horticulture
Short description: the project will produce knowledge on the presence of Phytophthora species in gardens and will contribute to shed light on their origin, and pathways of introduction via trade of ornamental plant
Expected output: knowledge on the epidemiology
The topic description is available here.

Review of international best practices for robust border biosecurity
Short description: the project will gather knowledge on best practices for robust biosecurity surveillance and on the most promising emerging diagnostic tools for surveillance
Expected output: a report on best practices and recommendation for the evaluation of national activities
The topic description is available here.

Discovering nematode diversity in ornamental plant collections of international importance
Short description: the project will develop knowledge on the diversity and dynamics of plant parasitic nematodes in public and private gardens
Expected output: knowledge on the nematode species present in soils from garden plantings to support capacity building and to raise awareness
The topic description is available here.

Diagnosis of Xylella fastidiosa: detection on dormant plant species which are important for Mediterranean countries
Short description: the project will develop knowledge on the distribution and dynamics of Xylella fastidiosa in woody stems of important Mediterranean plants (e.g. almond, cherry and grapevine) throughout the year and during plant dormancy
Expected output: knowledge to support diagnosis
The topic description is available here.

Frass-based detection of wood boring pests
Short description: the project will gather knowledge on available methods for the detection of Agrilus planipennis (emerald ash borer) from frass and validate them
Expected output: validated diagnostic tests
The topic description is available here.

Assessing the risk of whitefly transmitted viruses in Europe
Short description: the project will gather knowledge on the presence of Bemisia tabaci (whitefly) in Northern European countries and on the viruses present in European populations, in specimens that are intercepted at points of entry and in their host plants
Expected output: knowledge on the epidemiology of Bemisia tabaci and the viruses it transmits

Meloidogyne enterolobii – Survival under temperate climatic conditions and distribution within Europe
Short description: the project will produce knowledge on the presence and distribution of Meloidogyne enterolobii (root-knot nematode) in the EPPO region and on the nematode’s epidemiology, in particular its ability to survive in temperate climatic conditions and the duration of its life cycle
Expected output: knowledge to support inspection
The topic description is available here.

Distribution of Meloidogyne chitwoodi and Meloidogyne fallax within Europe
Short description: the project will develop and validate sampling protocols to support surveys and will gather information on the distribution of Meloidogyne chitwoodi and Meloidogyne fallax
Expected output: validated protocols for surveillance
The topic description is available here.

Influence of incubation of wood samples on detection of pine wood nematode
Short description: the project will develop knowledge on the effect of the incubation period (prior to extraction) on the detection of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, especially for low-level infestations in dry wood such as wood packaging material
Expected output: validated protocols for detection

Seed disinfection for elimination of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in tomato seeds
Short description: the project will evaluate the efficacy of disinfection on tomato brown rugose fruit virus - infected seeds. The biological significance of positive molecular tests in seeds will also be studied
Expected output: knowledge to support pest management
The topic description is available here.