SASA.GOV.UK | SASA announces its participation in POnTE

SASA is pleased to announce that it is a partner in a 4 year EU Horizon 2020 project (POnTE) to investigate 4 major plant pests threatening Europe

Horizon 2020 is the EUs Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and POnTE’s 25 partners will receive € 6.8 million over 4 years to develop early detection and surveillance tools, and produce new knowledge with practical solutions on how to control these pests: Xylella fastidiosa in olive, grapevine, citrus, stone fruit, ornamentals and landscape trees of high socio-economic importance; ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ in crops such as potato, tomato and carrot and Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (anomorph. Chalara fraxinea) and Phytophtora spp affecting broadleaf and conifer species in forest ecosystems. For more information visit the POnTE website.

SASA’s main roles are to: develop molecular assays for the detection and identification of psyllid species in Europe (and elsewhere) that are potential vectors of ’Ca Liberibacter solanacearum’; and to evaluate suction traps as a tool for monitoring vector migration.

Published on Feb 9, 2016 by SASA.GOV.UK