Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN-EID) INTERFUTURE grant infomation:

Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016

Grant Agreement: n. 722642

Title project: From microbial interactions to new-concept biopesticides and biofertilizers

Coordinator: Michele Perazzolli

Funding: EU under project number H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016 - 722642

Timeframe: 01.12.2016-31.05.2021

University/Department: Fondazione Edmund Mach, Department of Sustainable Agroecosystems and Bioresources

Network Partners: Fondazione Edmund Mach (Coordinator), Italy; University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France; University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , Austria; University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; University of Molise, Italy; BIOBEST, Belgium; BIPA NV, Belgium; INOQ GmbH, Germany; Azotic Technologies Ltd, UK; De Ceuster Meststoffen NV (DCM), Belgium; e-nema GmbH, germany; University of Trento, Italy


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WP 2

Volatile organic compounds from microbes for the control of pests and plant pathogens

adult of Drosophila suzukii - © Salvagnin

adult of Drosophila suzukii - © Salvagnin


In this WP we will characterize the blend of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by the selected target microorganisms and  their biological activity. This will allow us to design innovative concepts for plant protection technologies. We will focus on microorganisms associated with the attraction of a pest (Drosophila suzukii).

The final goal is to improve the attractiveness of baits against D. suzukii and to develop new trapping systems for the management of this pest.

On the other hand VOCs produced by microorganisms (i.e. released by Lysobacter strains) have antifungal activity. Their identification will contribute to the synthesis of new biofungicides against soilborne pathogens. The conditions and substrates to maximise the effect will be selected based on the potential future use under field conditions based on the knowledge of non-academic beneficiaries.