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A new European project will promote the exchange of information on Xylella fastidiosa

A new European project will promote the exchange of information on Xylella fastidiosa

2017/16/10 - At the end of September, Bari (Italy) hosted the first meeting of CURE-XF ("Capacity Building and Raising Awareness in Europe and in Third Countries to cope with Xylella fastidiosa"), a new European project to promote training and exchange of knowledge on Xylella fastidiosa from a multidisciplinary point of view, addressing the study of transmitting vectors, the optimization of detection techniques, the implementation of early detection systems, and the analysis of risks or their development and dispersion using biostatistics models.

CURE-FX aims to establish a multidisciplinary research program to answer the urgent need to improve prevention, early detection and control of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf).

An appropriate approach to this emergency should include a coordination and multidisciplinary interaction between a plurality of competences and it can be facilitated by a more intense exchange and mobility of researchers.The objectives of CURE-FX are: to exchange the scientific capacities and novelties among the European Countries as well as between EU and third countries, in particular sensitive neighbor countries; to strengthen the knowledge and the know-how on Xf in third countries having intense exchange of plant material with Europe; and to raise awareness in relation to Xf.

These objectives will be acheived through: Strengthen preventive measures by consolidating expertise and awareness of plant health agencies, decision-makers and relevant stakeholders; analyze Xf-hosts interaction and epidemiology; develop advanced diagnostic tools for the detection and characterization of Xf and associated vectors; consolidate innovative approaches for disease prevention, monitoring and control; and improving pest risk analysis, phytosanitary legislations and contingency measures for a safe plant material trade and Integrating with current platforms for adequate communication and dissemination ensuring an effective knowledge transfer among the various actors involved.

The proposal involves partners from the following countries: Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Belgium, UK, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and Iran. Partner countries selected are differently involved in the study and management of quarantine pests, although each one with a different role, approach and competence.

The project will last four years and complements others related to this subject such as the POnTE and the XF-Actors.

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