PLANTBIOPROTECT: “Development of plant bio-protectants that induce resistance to diseases and can be applied in organic farming.”
Research project under the joint research projects for 2002-2003, based on the agreement for cooperation in the field of scientific and technological research and industrial development between Italy and Israel.
European Union and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– Cosvitec soc. cons. a r.l.
– University of Naples – Department of Arboriculture Botany and Plant Pathology – Faculty of Agriculture – PORTICI
– The Weizmann Institute of Science (Department of Biological Chemistry).
– Mycontrol Ltd.
– To select and identify fungal species capable of inducing resistance on typical Mediterranean crops. This will be accomplished by testing varieties of species and developing a screening system based on the ability to induce resistance.
– Identify molecules involved in the interaction between the plant and the useful fungus using tomatoes and strawberries as typical productions, and a variety of molecular techniques. In this regard, in vivo Test fractionation of all species and selected compounds on tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, lettuce, zucchini in pre- and post-harvest, and development of application protocols will be used. Pathogens to be tested include Rhizoctonia spp. Botrytis spp., Fusarium spp., Armillaria spp., Colletotrichum spp., Bremia spp., and Penicillium spp.
– Determining genes that are up- or down-regulated for control of plant diseases in tomato plants whose roots and/or leaves are colonized by selected strains of the antagonistic fungus Trichoderma.
– Planting of tomato, lettuce , and strawberry in an experimental field through the use of bio-control agents.
– Plant species culture in three experimental greenhouses using bio-control agents.
– Employment of bio-control agents at postharvest.
– Quality assessment by chemical and microbiological parameters of products obtained from different experiments.