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RustWatch

Programme: H2020-SFS-2016-2017 Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chain. Topic: SFS-10-2017, Type of action: RIA

Project title: RustWatch: A European early-warning system for wheat rust diseases

Contract nr.: 773311-1

Acronym: RustWatch

Project duration: May 1st, 2018 – April 30th, 2022

Main coordinator: Mogens S. Hovmøller, Global Rust Reference Center, Aarhus University

Coordinator of the Polish part of the project: Pawel Czembor, Associate Professor of IHAR-PIB, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics

The research institutions involved in the project:

  1. AARHUS UNIVERSITET DK
  2. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL BOTANY UK
  3. INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE FR
  4. JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN DE 5 JOHN INNES CENTRE UK
  5. UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF DE
  6. The University of Agriculture, Peshawar PK
  7. Saatzucht Josef Breun GmbH & Co. KG DE
  8. SOCIETE RAGT 2N SAS FR
  9. LANTMANNEN EKONOMISK FORENING SE
  10. AS.A.R. Associazione Agricola Randazzo IT
  11. Nordic Seed A/S DK
  12. GROUPE D'ETUDE ET DE CONTROLE DES VARIETES ET DES SEMENCES FR
  13. TystofteFoundation DK
  14. ARVALIS INSTITUT DU VEGETAL FR
  15. INSTITUTO NAVARRO DE TECNOLOGIAS E INFRAESTRUCTURAS AGROALIMENTARIAS SA ES
  16. HIR Malmöhus AB SE
  17. EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG CH
  18. INSTYTUT HODOWLI I AKLIMATYZACJI ROSLIN - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY PL
  19. Latvian Plant Protection Research Centre LV
  20. NARODNE POL'NOHOSPODARSKE A POTRAVINARSKE CENTRUM SK
  21. BAYER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT DE
  22. LANDBRUG & FODEVARER F.M.B.A. DK
  23. VYZKUMNY USTAV ROSTLINNE VYROBY VVI CZ
  24. BASF Plc UK

Main objectives:

RustWatch will establish an early-warning system to improve preparedness and resilience to emerging rust diseases on wheat, i.e. yellow rust (Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici), brown rust (P. triticina) and stem rust (P. graminis f.sp. tritici). The project will focus the drivers shaping the new European wheat rust populations, assessment of their impact on agricultural productivity in the context of IPM Directive 2009/128/EC, and finally develop research and communication infrastructures taking advantage of stakeholder networks and expertise, and collaboration via existing global networks. RustWatch provides beyond state-of-theart research within new diagnostic tools, enabling rapid and precise identification of new invasive races, and investigating the impact of virulence, aggressiveness and adaptation to warmer temperatures as drivers of pathogen spread and establishment. The research has potential for a break-through in the area of host resistance phenotyping by investigation of cellular structures during infection process. The early-warning system for prevention and control of rust diseases will become implemented via case studies in five regions. The case studies will aid in development and validation of the systems in collaboration with a wide array of stakeholder groups. RustWatch engages 12 universities/research institutes, 5 agricultural advisory services, and 8 SMEs/industries.

Project websitehttp://agro.au.dk/forskning/projekter/rustwatch/

Contact: p.czembor@ihar.edu.pl

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