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BIOPOSTHARVEST
Development of biocontrol agents for commercial application against post-harvest diseases of Perishable Foods

Post-harvest diseases of perishable commodities represent one of the most severe causes of loss and quality reduction in the EU. The development of environment-friendly methods of disease control as substitutes for chemicals is an important modern aim. Biological control using microbial antagonists is the most promising alternative. The main aim of this project is to develop four effective biocontrol agents (BCA) (Pantoea agglomerans, Epicoccum nigrum, Candida sake and Pichia anomala) for commercial application to control post-harvest diseases in all types of fruit and moist cereals. This project will include carrying out the production process and development of formulation techniques for each BCA to find a final product that is stable, efficient, easy to prepare and which uses low-cost production methods. The mechanisms of action and molecular-marking methods for tracking BCAs will be studied. The final products of this research work will be environment-friendly 'biofungicides', ready to be used in both conventional and organic systems of production.

Objectives

Classified in FRUIT, CROP PESTS AND DISEASES

Scientist responsible for the project

Ms IMMACULADA VIÑAS
Avenida Rovira Roure, 177
25198 Lleida
Spain - ES

Phone: +34 9737 02535
Fax: +34 9737 02596
E-mail: ivinas@tecal.udl.es

References

Project ID QLRT-1999-01065
Organisation Universidad de Lleida
Area 5.1.1
Start date 01 April 2000
Duration (months) 48
Total cost 2 255 873 €
Total EC contribution   1 579 997 €
Status Ongoing
Web address of the project   http://www.biopostharvest.org

The partners

  • Faculté de Sciences agronomiques de Gembloux, Unité de Phytopathologie, Belgium - BE
    jijakli.h@fsagx.ac.be
  • University of Bologna, CRIOF- Department of Protection and Improvement of Agricultural Food Products, Italy - IT
    pratella@agrsci.unibo.it
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Instituto de la Grasa, Spain - ES
    jmgarcia@cica.es
  • Centre technique interprofessional des fruits et légumes, France - FR
    giraud@ctifl.fr
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y alimentaria, Spain - ES
    melgar@inia.es
  • TAVIFRUTA-Sociedade de Citricultores de Tavira, Portugal - PT
    avifruta@clix.pt
  • Sociedad Agraria de Transformación N° 1.596 NUFRI, Spain - ES
    comfa@nufri.com
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