UCR promotes the transformations required by society to achieve universal welfare, social justice, comprehensive development, equality and equity. In this scenario the Tropical Disease Research Unit as well as the Cellular and Molecular Biology Research Unit have been dedicated for more than 20 years thorough applied and basic research to the study of diverse tropical pathosystems affecting important agro industrial crops and livestock as well as zoonotic diseases. For more than 10 years these research units have gathered experience working with X. fastidiosa and trying to understand its biology and genetic background and its implication in agro industries.
ROLE IN THE PROJECT
Xylella fastidiosa is endemic in Costa Rica. Consequently, in the last decade, X. fastidiosa has been detected and isolated from more than 20 different economic importance crops and ornamentals, and most importantly extending the geographic range of detection of the bacteria. Among the different isolates there are some that have genetic resemblance to the CoDiRO strains. Our role in the project is to parallel study our X. fastidiosa strains in order to generate useful information that may contribute to the understanding of the strains involved in QODS as well as its mitigation.
UCR will be involved in the following work packages: WP2, WP3, WP4, WP10, WP11