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Development of biocontrol agents for commercial application against post-harvest diseases of perishable foods

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01065
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-04-2000
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 2,202,478 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,579,997 EUR
Scientific Officer: Richard HARDWICK
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
Post-harvest diseases of perishable commodities represent one of the most severe causes of loss and reduction in quality in the EU. The development of environmentally friendly methods of disease control, as substitutes for chemicals, is an important goal to be achieved today. Biological control using microbial antagonists is the most promising alternative. The main aim of this project is to develop four effective biocontrol agents (Pantoea agglomerans, Ëpicoccum nigrum, Candida sake and Pichia anomala) for its commercial application to control post-harvest diseases on citrus, stone fruits, pome fruits and moist cereals, respectively. This project will include the optimisation of production process and development of formulation techniques for each BCA to get a stable, efficient, easy to prepare and apply, low-cost production final product. Mechanisms of action and molecular marking methods to tracking BCAs will be studied. Final products of this research work will be environmentally friendly "biofungicides" ready for use on both conventional and organic systems of production.


Coordinator
Immaculada VIÑAS
Universidad de Lleida, Food Technology Department
Lleida
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 973702535
Fax: +34 973702596
E-mail: ivinas@tecal.edl.es


Partners
  Paloma MELGAREJO
Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y alimentaria
Madrid
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 913476846
Fax: +34 913572293
E-mail: melgar@inia.es
  Naresh MAGAN
Cranfield University
Bedford
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1234 754339
Fax: +44 1525 863540
E-mail: n.magan@cranfield.ac.uk
  M.Haissam JIJAKLI
Faculté de Sciences agronomiques de Gembloux, Unité de Phytopathologie
Gembloux
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 81 62 24 32
Fax: +32 81 61 01 26
E-mail: jijakli.h@fsagx.ac.be
  Johan SCHNURER
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Uppsala
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 18673215
Fax: +46 18673392
E-mail: johan.schnurer@mikrob.slu.se
  José María GARCIA
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Instituto de la Grasa
Sevilla
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 954611550
Fax: +34 954616790
E-mail: jmgarcia@cica.es
  Jose FERRAZ
Universidade do Algarve
Faro
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 89800999
Fax: +351 89817079
E-mail: aduarte@ualg.pt
  Giancarlo PRATELLA
University of Bologna, CRIOF- Department of protection and improvement of Agricultural Food Products
Cadriano
ITALY
Tel.: +39 051766563
Fax: +39 051765049
E-mail: pratella@agrsci.unibo.it
  Monica HOFTE
University of Gent
Gent
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 9 264 60 18
Fax: +32 9 264 62 38
E-mail: monica.hofte@rug.ac.be
  Michel GIRAUD
Centre technique interprofessional des fruits et légumes
La Force
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 53580005
Fax: +33 5 53581742
E-mail: giraud@ctifl.fr
  Josep USALL
IRTA-Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries
Lleida
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 973702648
Fax: +34 973238301
E-mail: josep.usall@irta.es
  Alberto BELLINI
Societa' Italiana Prodotti Chimici Agricoltura SIPCAM
Pero (Milano)
ITALY
Tel.: +39 02333910876
Fax: +39 023390275
E-mail: abellini@sipcam.it
  Margareta HOKEBERG
BioAgri AB
Stockholm
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 18671663
Fax: +46 186186932
E-mail: margareta.hokeberg@bioagri.slu.se
  Luís Javier BASCUÑANA SANCHEZ
Rio Tinto S.A
El Campillo (Huelva)
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 959588058
Fax: +34 959588078
E-mail: rtfruit@mx3.redestb.es
  Xavier FERRANDO
Agrofruit Export S.A
Tortosa
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 977597009
Fax: +34 977597158
E-mail: ebrefrui@naranjas.com
  Antonio SOTERO
TAVIFRUTA-Sociedade de Citricultores de Tavira
Tavira
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 81960100
Fax: +351 81960109
E-mail: avifruta@clix.pt
  Josep Maria BENET
Sociedad Agraria de Transformación N° 1.596 NUFRI
Mollerussa
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 973600229
Fax: +34 973600837
E-mail: comfa@nufri.com
  Georges FANDOS
Fruivial
Saint Juste
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 67919017
Fax: +33 4 67718481
E-mail: cofruid.oc@wanadoo.fr
  Piero TURRONI
Apofruit Soc Coop ar.l
Cesena
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0547643111
Fax: +39 0547643166
E-mail: piero.turroni@apofruit.it