Portfolio

The projects funded so far have been successful in:

  • Providing the scientific evidence that underpins EC regulatory decisions by supporting the pest risk analysis process.
  • Providing diagnostic tools for use by inspection services and diagnostic laboratories for detecting and identifying regulated and quarantine pests (and ensuring that these methods are made widely available and set into European standards), thereby enhancing the operational and scientific phytosanitary capability across Europe.
  • Providing methods for eradicating, containing and managing outbreaks of regulated, quarantine and emerging pests.
  • Providing opportunities for researchers and scientists to collaborate and therefore enhance Europe’s phytosanitary science capability.
  • Supporting and linking to other plant health initiatives and coordination mechanisms, e.g. increased cooperation between diagnostic services; development and production of European pest risk analyses; support for plant health infrastructure, e.g. collections, taxonomic expertise, diagnostic proficiency testing.


  • General information and reports from funded projects can be obtained from the table below:

    Detection and epidemiology of pospiviroids (DEP)

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    Strategies for Ambrosia artemisiifolia control (AMBROSIA)

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    Development and validation of innovative diagnostic tools for the detection of fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) (ERWINDECT)

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    Phytosanitary efficacy of kiln drying (PEKID)

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    Evaluating the risk of spread of Scaphoideus titanus with propagation material (PROPSCAPH)

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    Decision support systems for control of alien invasive macrophytes (DeCLAIM)

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    Development of validated procedures for whole genome amplification of DNA/RNA for quarantine plant pathogens and pests (Q-AMP)

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    Ring testing of diagnostic methods for the identification of potato cyst nematodes (Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida) and assessing resistance of potato cultivars (GLOBODERA)

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    Ring test on diagnostic methods for Pantoea stewartii subsp. stewartii, maize bacterial blight (PANTOEA)

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    Interlaboratory tests for the detection of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus (potato ring rot) and Ralstonia solanacearum (potato brown rot)

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    Validation of diagnostic methods for the detection and identification of whitefly-transmitted viruses of regulatory or quarantine concern to the EU (QDETECT)

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    Development and validation of diagnostic methods for Gibberella circinata (Fusarium circinatum) cause of pitch pine canker (FUSARIUM)

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    Anoplophora longhorn beetle detection and risk management (ANOPLORISK I)

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    Detection and management of the quarantine nematodes Meloidogyne chitwoodi and Meloidogyne fallax

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    Phylogenetic identification of quarantine bacterial plant pathogens

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    Interlaboratory comparison and validation of detection methods for phytoplasmas of phytosanitary concern in European orchards (FRUITPHYTOINTERLAB)

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    Development of pathotype-specific PCR tests for the identification of Synchytrium endobioticum pathotype 1 (SENDO D1)

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    Dickeya species in potato and management strategies (Dickeyaspp.)

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    Current and emerging phytophthoras: research supporting risk assessment and risk management (CEP)

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    Use of novel molecular methods to understand population diversity and its implications on disease management through the use of resistant potato varieties (Potato Cyst Nematode)  (PCN)

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    Development and validation of innovative diagnostic tools for detection and identification of Meloidogyne enterolobii in support of integrated plant protection strategies (MELOID)

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    Diagnostic methods for Synchytrium endobioticum, especially for pathotype identification (SENDO)

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    Assessment of the risk posed by ornamentals and tomato seeds infected by Pospiviroids to tomato crops and evaluation of Pospiviroid detection protocols for seed testing in tomato (DEP2)

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    Epidemiology and diagnosis of potato phytoplasmas and 'Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum' and their contribution to risk management (PHYLIB)

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    Epidemiological studies on reservoir hosts and potential vectors of Grapevine flavescence dorée (GFD) and validation of different diagnostic procedures for GFD (GRAFDEPI )

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    Evaluation of factors determining distribution, impact, detection and characterization of apple proliferation and other fruit tree phytoplasmoses in the European Community (APOPHYT)

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    Phytosanitary diagnostic, on-site detection and epidemiology tools for fire blight (PHYTFIRE)

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    Damage potential of Drosophila suzukii and development of phytosanitary measures (DROSKII)

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    Further development of risk management for the EC listed Anoplophora species, A. chinensis and A. glabripennis (Anoplorisk II)

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    Bursaphelenchus xylophilus methods for early detection (BURSA)

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    The effects of disinfection on Clavibacter michigansensis subsp. sepedonicus and other bacterial pathogens of potato in Europe (CMS-DISINFECT)

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    Determination of specificity and test performance study of current and novel molecular methods for Ralstonia solanacearum (brown rot of potatoes) and identification of methods allowing for detection of non-European strains of brown rot

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    Diagnostics and risk management for plant health threats in wood chips and bark for bio-energy imported from other continents (Q-WOODCHIP)

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    Assessment of Dickeya and Pectobacterium spp. on potatoes and ornamentals (DICKEYA)

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    Epitrix (flea beetle) species, life cycles and detection methods (EPITRIX)

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    Grapevine flavescence doreé (FD) follow up Vitisens,GRAFDEPI and Qdetect (GRAFDEPI2)

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    Monochamus spp., insect vectors of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (MONOCHAMUS)

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    Plant Health Fellowship

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    Establishing the basis for an International Plant Sentinel Network as an early-warning system for future pest threats (IPSN)

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    Population dynamics of Meloidogyne chitwoodi and M. fallax (MELOPOP)

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    Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (PSA): diagnosis, detection, identification and study of epidemiological aspects (PSADID)

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    Reference collection for regulated viruses and viroids (VIRUSCOLLECT)

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    Assessment and testing of strawberry pathogens (SPAT)

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    Update and validation of DNA Barcoding protocols by end-users

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    Rapid diagnostics of Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni (Xap): development and validation of  methodologies for discrimination between Xap isolates and look-a-likes (XAPDIAG)

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    Development and validation of molecular tools for detection and identification of European Monilinia species (DIMO)

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    QDETECT follow-up (QDetect+)

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    IPM strategies against Drosophilidae (fruit fly) (IPMDROS)

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    The biology and epidemiology of ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ and potato phytoplasmas and their contribution to risk management in potato and other crops (PhyLib II)

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    Identification and early detection of Cryphonectria parasitica  and Ceratocystis platani  occurring on trees in Europe (CERACRY)

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    VirusCollect II: building an international network of reference collections for regulated and other important plant viruses and viroids (VirusCollect II)

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    Assessment of Dickeya and Pectobacterium spp. on vegetables and ornamentals (SOFT ROT)

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    Consensus detection and identification protocol for Acidovorax citrulli on cucurbit seeds (DIP-ACIT)

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    Harmonized protocol for monitoring and detection of Xylella fastidiosa in its host plants and its vectors (PROMODE)

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    Determine different Plum pox virus strains in wild hosts and in stone fruit cultivars with different susceptibility as a part of improved control and surveillance strategies (Epi-PPV)

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    Ringtest for improved Potato virus Y strain detection

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    Development and implementation of early detection tools and effective management strategies for invasive non-European and other selected fruit fly species of economic importance (FLY DETECT)

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    Risk-based strategies to prepare for and manage invasive tree borers (PREPSYS)

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    Tracking vectors of bacteria and phytoplasmas threatening Europe’s major crops (VECTRACROP)

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    The application of Next-Generation Sequencing technology for the detection and diagnosis of non-culturable organisms: viruses and viroids (NGS-detect)

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    Multi-lure and multi-trap surveillance for invasive tree pests (MULTITRAP)

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    Interlaboratory test performance study for molecular confirmation of Ralstonia solanacearum virulence

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    Identification protocols for analysis of aquatic plants imports (IPAAPI)

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    Inventory of living collections of cyst and root knot nematodes in Europe and their maintenance techniques

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    Modelling the epidemiology of Flavescence dorée in relation to its alternate host plants and vectors (Flavid)

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    Unravelling the Little Cherry disease complex at European scale to improve transnational diagnostics and management of the disease (EURAVELCH)

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    Global warming and distribution of root-knot nematode species of the tropical group (MeloTrop)

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    Test performance studies of detection tests of Pospiviroids on Solanaceae (PospiTest)

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    Development of detection methods for viruses on potato (PVT, APMoV, APLV and APMMV) and test performance study

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    Study on the diversity of phytoplasmas detected in European forests (PhyFor)

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    Assessment of a generic method for the detection of Begomoviruses (BegomoVal)

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    Improvement of diagnostics of quarantine pathogens by digital PCR (QUASAR)

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    Use of barcoding, from theory to practice (PRACTIBAR)

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    Epitrix (flea beetle) species, life cycles and detection methods (EpitrixII)

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    Xylella fastidiosa and its insect vectors

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    Lecanosticta - Brown spot disease of pines- spread in European forest ecosystems: impact on pines, predisposing and contributing factors, control (BROWNSPOTRISK)

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    An International Plant Sentinel Network as an early-warning system; research on future pest threats (IPSN II)

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    The Applications of Remote Sensing in Plant Health (PHeRS)

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    Chalara, current situation

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    Assessment and prioritisation of pathways

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    Comparison of real-time PCR detection methods for the plant pathogen 'Candidatus Liberibacter' spp. causing the Huanglongbing disease on Citrus spp.

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