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This project has received funding from the
European Union's Seventh Framework Programme
for research, technological development and
demonstration under grant agreement no 289108

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Fera Science Ltd.

Fera Science Ltd.

Its overarching purpose is to support and develop a sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks. Fera is responsible for implementing the plant health Regulations in England and Wales, and as part of the UK Plant Health Service and works with other EC Member States and the European Commission to agree appropriate plant health rules for Europe and co-ordinate their implementation.
Fera aims to apply science in protection of food chain safety and environmental health and specialises in risk assessment, development of sustainable environmental solutions, responding to emergencies and research and development.
Other EU FP6 and FP7 projects are managed by Fera such as TRACE (trace.eu.org), VITAL (eurovital.org) and DiagChip (diagchip.co.uk). Fera represents the UK on a number of key European and International Committees relating to Plant and Seed health, e.g. EPPO committees on diagnostics and quality, and advise Defra in their role in the EU Plant Health standing committee. Here you have Fera's Annual Review 2012 - 2013.

Link to the website: www.fera.co.uk

Project Manager: Christine Henry

Address: Sand Hutton, York, North Yorkshire, YO41 1LZ, United Kingdom

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Plant Research International, part of DLO, is a not-for-profit research organisation for strategic and applied research. Through the combination of knowledge and expertise in genetics and reproduction, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatica, crop protection, crop ecology, and agrosystems, PRI offers a unique scale of perspectives for government and business. PRI operates through the whole agro production chain from DNA-level till concepts for production systems. Activities are performed in different Business Units, specialized in research, scientific publishing and communication. The business unit Biointeractions & Plant Health of PRI has significant experience of EU project management through the coordination of Framework 5, 6 and 7 project consortiums and is an internationally active group ion field of quarantine plant and seed health research. The business unit has participated in many EU and national projects on identification and detection methods related to quarantine and non-quarantine diseases and pests; it routinely carries out research in support of these developments and is a major European contributor for providing representation within the EU.

Link to the website: www.wageningenur.nl

Contact Person: Dr Peter Bonants

Address: 4, Droevendaalsesteeg, 6708 PB WAGENINGEN, NL

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

INRA carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorised environment. INRA has built up a portfolio of fundamental scientific knowledge and skills which are principally founded in the life sciences, but also in economic and social sciences, mathematics and applied informatics, environmental sciences, etc.


Link to the website: www.inra.fr

Contact Person: Dr Marie-Agnès Jacques

Address: 147, Rue De L'Universite , 75338 PARIS CEDEX 07, FR

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Established at the University of Torino in 2002, AGROINNOVA carries out basic and applied research, knowledge and technology transfer, life-long learning and communication on up-to-date topics in the agro-environmental and agro-food sectors. The Centre possesses extensive facilities including laboratories, experimental fields and greenhouses and hosts two National Certified laboratories, one for testing agrochemicals efficacy, the second for Diagnostics of plant pathogens. Four University professors, 40 Ph.D. students, post-doc fellows, consultants and technicians, more than 30 on-going research projects worldwide. AGROINNOVA gained a broad expertise in the coordination of European projects as well as in knowledge and technology transfer in developing and emerging economies, such as China, India, Egypt and Morocco. AGROINNOVA organization consists of a President, a Director and a Scientific Council.
AGROINNOVA has the following expertise: Broad experience in development of biological, chemical and physical control strategies against plat pathogens of horticultural crops. Molecular diagnostics for the identification of species, formae speciales and patovars of phytopathogenic fungi and bacteria. Biological and integrated protection of vegetables: biocontrol agents, essential oils, heat treatment, inducers of resistance. Development of microorganisms: molecular characterization, risk assessment, integrated use, production in fermentor, downstreaming (stabilization and formulation).

Link to the website: www.unito.it

Contact Person: Davide Carmelo Spadaro

Address: 8, Via Giuseppe Verdi, 10124 TORINO, IT

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

University of Pretoria (UP) is the lading research university in South Africa and one of the largest in the country. UP offers more than 1800 academic programmes. In 1996, UP became the university with the highest research output in South Africa and have maintained this status. The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is committed to produce research outputs of an exceptionally high quality. Of the 5000+ students registered in the Faculty; 70% are undergraduate and 30% in postgraduate programmes. In relation to postgraduate research, the Faculty sees its role as offering high-quality training to primarily full-time, on-campus postgraduate students who can make a significant contribution to building research programmes. With regards to the fields of Plant and Animal Sciences as well as Agricultural Science the University of Pretoria is currently rated the number one South African University according to the ISI Field Rankings. The Faculty receives large international funding from European Union projects, the Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and others. The Faculty as been extremely successful in creating highly relevant multidisciplinary research and postgraduate programmes by using the model of Institutes and Centres as effective instruments to increase the production of quality research outputs and students (e.g. the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute – FABI). FABI is made up of about 180 people including, approximately 115 academic staff (of which Prof Aveling is one), 100+ postgraduate (Hons, Msc, PhD) students, postdoctoral fellows and research visitors.

Link to the website: web.up.ac.za

Contact Person: Prof Theresa Aveling

Address: N/A, Lynnwood Road, 0002 PRETORIA, ZA

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

SASA’s primary role is to provide scientific services and advice in support of Scotland’s agriculture and wider environment. Although much of SASA’s work is in support of arable agriculture it also provides services in food safety and wildlife management and crime. SASA provides advice and services for Plant Health and is the Certifying Authority for Scotland for cereal, folder, oil & fibre, vegetables and beet seed, and potatoes. The Official Seed Testing Station is responsible for testing seed both for the various certification schemes and for the information of farmers, growers and exporters. It provides an extensive service in seed quality tests and is Accredited (ISO 17025:2005) to both UKAS and the International Seed Testing Association. SASA conducts applied R&D on Scottish crops and the pest and pathogens which affect them. Research is conducted either in-house or, in collaboration with colleagues at or other institutes across the UK, Europe and Internationally. Much of its research activities are dependent on the use of molecular biology techniques, such as nucleic acid sequencing, fingerprinting and real-time PCR; exploiting the technology available in its state-of-the-art laboratories.

Link to the website: www.sasa.gov.uk

Contact Person: Valerie Cockerell

Address: St Andrews House, Regent Road, EH1 3DG EDINBURGH, UK

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Aarhus University is the second-largest university in Denmark with the object to conduct research and provide research-based education to the highest international standard. The university employs about 11,000 persons, has approximately 41,000 students and an annual turnover of 0.8 billion €. AU participated in other EU RTD projects of diagnostic methods and plant health as for example PORTCHECK, PEPEIRA, Q-BOL ENDURE and PURE. AU is the Danish representative in the phytosanitary ERA-network EUPHRESCO.

Link to the website: www.agrsci.org

Contact Person: Dr Steen Lykke Nielsen

Address: 1, Nordre Ringgade, 8000 AARHUS C, DK

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL BOTANY

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL BOTANY

NIAB is an independent charitable trust providing research and technical services in plant sciences, employing 200 staff, predominantly graduates, and with a turnover of about £14 million euro per year. It has over 90 years experience in the evaluation of seeds and varieties, and has more recently developed a major platform in pre-breeding and genetics research. The Institute incorporates the Official Seed Testing Station for England and Wales and operates statutory seed testing requirements on behalf of government. NIAB also runs and extensive seed quality and seed health testing service for industry, handling many thousands of sample per year, and staff isactive in a number of ISTA Committees. The seed health testing laboratory has facilities for a wide range of conventional seed-borne disease and pest tests as well as high throughput Taqman PCR platform and a fully equipped suite of molecular biology laboratories. The NIAB pathology group consists of 20 scientific staff with expertise in disease resistance studies, plant disease diagnostics, and disease control. Staff has participated in a number of national and international projects involving research on seed pathology, diagnostics, and seed sampling procedures and collective extensively with industry in the evaluation of novel and conventional seed treatment products.

Link to the website: www.niab.com

Contact Person: Dr Jane Thomas

Address: Huntingdon Road, CB3OLE CAMBRIDGE, UK

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE ALGEMENE KWALITEITSDIENST TUINBOUW

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE ALGEMENE KWALITEITSDIENST TUINBOUW

Naktuinbouw (Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture) is an independent foundation that promotes and monitors the quality of procedure, processes and chains in horticulture with a main focus on propagating material such as seed. Naktuinbouw has a large seed health testing laboratory and Research and Development laboratory where the development of seed health tests is core activity. To safeguard the quality of the tests, Naktuinbouw is participating in a validation program together with Plant Protection Service on validating a large number of detection tests for quarantine organisms. In recent years validation has become more important and a large validation project is almost finished for several quarantine pathogens.

Link to the website: www.naktuinbouw.nl

Contact Person: Dr Michel Ebskamp

Address: 22, SOTAWEG, 2371 GD ROELOFARENDSVEEN, NL

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA

The University of Modena & Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) is participating in the project through the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DAFS), which has a section of Plant Pathology and protection already involved in other EU projects and actions, like QBOL, EUPHRESCO, COST873, COST FA1103. DAFS is currently doing research and analysis on seed and has accreditation for Q-bacteria. DAFS is participating to other EU and National projects of Q-organisms, like QBOL, EUPHRESCO and ARNADIA, aiming at development, implementation and validation of official protocols for Q-bacteria of seeds. DAFS has expertise and projects running on the use of biomolecules and bacterial antagonist to protect seed and other crops from pathogens and pests.

Link to the website: www.international.unimore.it

Contact Person: Prof Dr Emilio Stefani

Address: 4, VIA UNIVERSITA , 41100 MODENA, IT

GROUPE D'ETUDE ET DE CONTROLE DES VARIETES ET DES SEMENCES

GROUPE D'ETUDE ET DE CONTROLE DES VARIETES ET DES SEMENCES

GEVES is a unique public body in France associating the French State (Ministry of Agriculture), the national research (INRA) and the representatives of the sector (GNIS). GEVES has for official missions to lead the necessary studies for registration of new plant varieties, legal protection of breeders rights, and certification of seeds before their marketing.
Each year, GEVES studies and controls 2500 plant varieties and 50,000 seed lots.
To achieve these missions, as expert on varieties and seeds, GEVES conducts works in the following domains:
· Varieties description and evaluation of genetic progress
· Control of seed quality
· Methodological research and improvement of techniques of studies and analysis
· Management of genetic resources
· Training of engineers and technicians of seed laboratories and foreign counterparts
· Coordination of laboratories network

Link to the website: www.geves.fr

Contact Person: Dr Valerie Grimault

Address: RUE GEORGES MOREL, 49071 BEAUCOUZE, FR

EUROPEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN PLANT PROTECTION ORGANISATION

EUROPEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN PLANT PROTECTION ORGANISATION

The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for international cooperation in plant protection for countries in the European Mediterranean and Central Asian region. In the sense of the article IX of the FAO International Plan Protection Convention, it is the regional plant protection organisation for Europe. Founded in 1951 with 15 member governments, it now has 50 member governments including nearly every country of Western and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region. EPPO promotes the exchange and synthesis of information and facilities collaboration in support of the role of National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs). EPPO’s technical activities in plant quarantine are directed by the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations. As a result of the work being done within the different technical bodies of the Organisation, EPPO makes recommendations to the National Plant Protection Organisations of its Member Governments. These recommendations are considered as Regional Standards in the sense of the IPPC. As the Regional Plan Protection Organisation for European, Mediterranean and Central Asian countries, EPPO has great experience in establishing standards relevant for this project. Standards developed include the standards in the series diagnostics. More than 100 EPPO Diagnostic Protocols have been developed and are intended to be used by NPPOs, in their capacity as bodies responsible for the application of phytosanitary measures to detect and identify the regulated pests of the EPPO and/or European Union lists.

Link to the website: www.eppo.int

Contact Person: Françoise Petter

Address: 21/23, RUE RICHARD LENOIR, 75011 PARIS, FR

VIDEOMETER

VIDEOMETER

Videometer is a leading global developer and supplier of spectral imaging systems, and has worked extensively with the seed industry for the last decade and has developed systems for breeders, grain trading, combine harvesters and seed processing companies. The patented Videometer technology can robustly measure many important characteristics of seeds and it deals effectively with the inherent heterogeneity of seed samples. Subtle discolorations, spores, metabolites may be mapped and quantified together with features based on seed anatomy. Videometer has in the last three years worked closely with Carlsberg Research Center and Danish Malting Group to make a system for fast, non-destructive detection of FUSARIUM spp. on malting barley.
Videometer spans the competences of imaging instrumentation, camera technology, optical calibration, software design and statistical image analysis which are also the foundation of all Videometer products. The Videometer development team has received the Scandinavian FoodPharmaTech Innovation Award twice.

Link to the website: www.videometer.com

Contact Person: Prof Jens Michael Carstensen

Address: Lyngso Alle, 2970 HORSHOLM, DK