Discovery of novel natural products with biostimulant and antifungal properties
Natural products represent
a vast untapped resource for the discovery of environmentally friendly
agrochemicals. The project will use the expertise and resources related to the
characterization of plant extracts and a unique phytophthora collection
available in the consortium.
Knowledge-guided improvement of commercial seaweed-based biostimulants against abiotic and biotic stress
Development of dsRNA-based fungicide
double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) has been shown to protect a wide range of important
crops against fungal diseases. Even though no dsRNA-based technologies are
currently available on the EU market, a number of products are expected to be commercialized
in the coming years. dsRNA-based fungicides can become a viable alternative to
synthetic and copper-based fungicides which are the only solutions against
fungal diseases available to the farmers at present. The consortium will embark
on developing a novel bio fungicide based on dsRNA silencing which falls under
the non-GMO EU category SIGS (spray-induced gene silencing).