Characterisation, detection and control of Mediterranean fruit tree bacteria

This research line is primarily designed to explore the bacterial diseases of fruit tree species in an attempt to determine their incidence, aetiology and epidemiology across the Mediterranean countries. Much effort is now being devoted to investigate Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. Savastanoi, Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. Nerii ed Erwinia amylovora, given their impact on the Mediterranean fruit industry. For these species the biological and molecular characterisation of isolates of different origins has been undertaken and a collection has  been set up. Protocols have been worked out for a rapid and reliable pathogen detection, the isolates discrimination and the determination of the inoculum density. Moreover, the possibility of using non-pathogenic bacterial isolates as microbial antagonists to control plant pathogens and as plant growth promoters is being evaluated


Starting: 1.01.2006
Scheduled ending: 31.12.2015
Real ending: 23.09.2019
Reference person/s: Valentini Franco /
Collaborators: D'Onghia Anna Maria / Yaseen Thaer /
Thesis: Fire blight disease in Morocco (Erwinia amylovora (Burrill) Winslow). Geographical distribution and characterization of Moroccan isolates
Incidence, distribution and characterization of Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. savastanoi in Syria and identification of tolerant/resistant olive varieties
Occurrence of the olive knot disease in Egypt
The olive knot disease in Morocco. Economic importance and distribution, characterization of the bacterial strains, and cultivars susceptibility
Institutions involved: Agricultural Research Centre, Giza
Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II of Rabat (IAV-Rabat)
Università degli Studi della Tuscia
Università degli Studi di Perugia
University of Damascus (UOD)
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