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Support for EU project Diagnostoc protocols for Organisms Harmful to Plants - DIAGPRO - PH0173

The aim of the project is to provide a standardised European scheme for diagnosing and detecting a broad range of important organisms harmful to plants. These include insects, nematodes, bacteria, fungi, viruses and viroids. Measures must be taken to prevent the introduction or spread of these organisms, as listed in the EU Plant Health Directive (77/93/EEC). In order to identify these organisms, this project will produce high quality diagnostic protocols, using standardised and validated methods that are also user-friendly, for approval by the Plant Health Standing Committee. The protocols will also be available on the Internet, accessible from the CSL website.

To produce diagnostic protocols for 17 organisms:

The Central Science Laboratory (CSL, York, UK) will co-ordinate the project and will develop and validate diagnostic protocols for Bemisia tabaci, Liriomyza spp, Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus, Tilletia indica, beet necrotic yellow vein virus, tomato mottle virus, tomato yellow leaf curl virus, and tospoviruses. An Internet site will be set up attached to the CSL web site to publish the finalised protocols for comments.

The Scottish Agricultural Science Agency (SASA, Edinburgh, UK) will prepare a protocol for potato spindle tuber viroid.

The Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA, Valencia, Spain) will produce diagnostic protocols for Xanthomonas fragariae, Erwinia amylovora, citrus tristeza virus, and plum pox virus.

The Plant Protection Service (PPS, Wageningen, the Netherlands) will prepare protocols for Thrips palmi, Meloidogyne spp. Globodera spp. and Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus (jointly with CSL).

1. To review all methods with diagnostic potential.
2. To select and improve those with greatest potential in pilot studies by contractors and associate contractors.
3. To compare and validate selected schemes in EU-wide ring tests by contractors, associate contractors and selected intercomparison study laboratories representing the statutory testing laboratories in most Member States.
4. Produce finalised diagnostic protocols for submission to the Plant Health Standing Committee.
5. To publish the finalised diagnostic protocols on an internet web-site and in suitable journals.

Project Documents
• Final Report : final report   (131k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2003

Cost: £50,641
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Alien Species              
Disease Control              
Pest Control              
Plant health              
Plant Pests and Diseases              
Plants and Animals              
Technology Transfer              
Fields of Study
Plant Health