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Integrated, non-fungicidal control of melampsora rusts in renewable energy willow plantations

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01585
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-04-2000
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 1,467,870 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,467,851 EUR
Scientific Officer: Michel VAN DEN BOSSCHE
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
Rust caused by melampsora is the most serious problem of willow (salix), the main crop for renewable energy and important vegetation for conservation in Europe. The EU is committed to a 15% reduction of greenhouse gas emission by 2010, and a large increase of energy production from renewable sources is expected. Economic and environmental considerations rule out the use of fungicide for rust control. This project aims to develop integrated rust control measures, without inputs of fungicide. It will address population biology and epidemiology of melampsora, sources and genetics of rust resistance in salix, function of host mixtures against rust and the potential of using a mycoparasite for biological control. The project will provide measures towards breeding for durable resistance, designing optimum mixtures and deploying the biocontrol agent to suppress rust disease.


Coordinator
Ming H. PEI
University of Bristol Long Ashton Research Station (LARS)
Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1275392181
Fax: +44 1275394007
E-mail: ming.pei@bbsrc.ac.uk


Partners
  Urban GULLBURG
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Uppsala
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 18 671525
Fax: +46 18 673279
E-mail: Urban.Gullberg@vbiol.slu.se
  Alistair R. MCCRACKEN
Queen's University of Belfast (APS-QUV) Dept. Applied Plant Science
Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 2890 255244
Fax: +44 2890 668372
E-mail: Alistair.McCracken@DARDNI.gov.uk
  Irmtraut ZASPEL
Institute for Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding (BFH)
Waldsieversdorf
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 33433 66160
Fax: +49 33433 66199
E-mail: zaspel@aixh0001.holz.uni-hamburg.de