Centre de Recerca i Innovació de Catalunya. Spain.Agrupación Empresarial Innovadora del Sector Proveedor de Bienes y Servicios del Sector Oleícola. Spain.Citoliva. Spain.Ethnikh Diepaggelmatikh Organosh Elaidoladoy Kai Elias Astiki Etaireia. Greece.FoodStandard. Greece.Associação dos Agricultores do Ribatejo. Portugal.Sociedade Agrícola Ouro Vegetal. Portugal.Comercial Técnica y Viveros. Spain.Azienda Agricola Pelosi. Italy.Forsite Diagnostics Ltd. United Kingdom.Food and Environment Research Agency. United Kingdom.Wageningen University and Research Centre. Netherlands.Loewe®. Germany.
main goals of the projectscientific objectives

The overall objective of the research is to design and develop a method for the early detection and quantification of Verticilium Dahliae in soil and plants for routine diagnosis of the Verticillium wilt disease.

VERTIGEEN aims to develop a homogeneous, simple, rapid, accurate, and sensitive, on site electrochemical diagnosis tool for detecting Verticillium dahlia levels with a cost below €1.000 per unit and €10 per test.

With this purpose the following specific scientific objectives will be fulfilled during the project:

  • Sampling strategy and processing method for both plants and soil to guarantee significant and representative results as well as maximum test sensitivity.
  • Optimize the DNA amplification protocol for the specific detection of Verticillium Dahliae and optimize the selectivity and end point sensitivity of critical parameters.
  • Establish field intervention protocols for the growers to follow in each case. These protocols will be compiled in a Guide for Best Practices.