BIOVEXO Project kick-off meeting

biovexo project

The BIOVEXO Project, titled ‘Biocontrol of Xylella and its vector in olive trees for integrated pest management’ is an EU-funded innovation action, which officially kicked off on the 12th-13th of May 2020. BIOVEXO will run for 5 years, starting 1st of May 2020 and will be implemented by 11 partners from five EU member states. The search for environmentally sustainable and economically viable biopesticides has begun.

The BIOVEXO project officially kicked-off on the 12-13th of May 2020. A virtual two-day meeting had taken place instead of the originally intended face-to-face meeting due to recent COVID-19 measures imposed by national authorities across Europe.

Although at first, the partners were disappointed not to have the opportunity to meet personally, a full pan-European collaboration has been successfully established in the two-day kick off meeting. The meeting was also attended by the EU project officer from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, Ana Cuadrado Galván, who congratulated all partners towards the successful launch of the BIOVEXO project.

Ms.Cuadrado Galván also took the opportunity during the meeting to remind the BIOVEXO partners of their due obligations as per the Grant Agreement No. 887281, as regards the implementation of the project and to comply with the appropriate EU visibility measures in reference to dissemination, exploitation and communication.

The Work Package leaders presented the objectives, methodology and work to be carried out. The research plan includes a total of eight work packages.

BIOVEXO project additional information

With a secured EU contribution of 6.6 Mio EUR, the Project aims to establish a set of novel and sustainable biopesticides which target a pathogenic bacterium called Xyllela fastidiosa, a disease which to-date vastly threatens European almond and olive trees.

The project will test six candidate biocontrol solutions acting either against Xylella or its vector. These include:

  • two bacterial strains
  • a microbial metabolite
  • two plant extracts
  • an entomopathogenic fungus

The curative and preventive approaches of Xylella fastidiosa will be explored by the candidate solutions.

Once the small-scale on-field validations and improved formulations are completed, the partners will select the top-performing biopesticides for upscale production. Moreover, a large pilot scale on-field validations of control strategies for IMP (integrated pest management) as well as real-life evaluation will be completed in Italy and Spain. The aim of the project is to ensure environmental and economic sustainability of the biopesticides developed within the project, and respectively prepare their smooth market entry.

The target TRL score of the biopesticides developed by the end of the project is 7-8.

BIOVEXO project partners

The BIOVEXO Project is coordinated by the RTDS Association (Austria). The Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria) is responsible for the scientific coordination of BIOVEXO. The RTDS Association also leads WP 7 – Dissemination, exploitation and communication.

Other partners of the BIOVEXO Project include Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy), Centro di Ricerca, Sperimentazione e Formazione in Agricoltura Basile Caramia (Italy), Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium), Globachem NV (Belgium), Domca SA (Spain), Acies Bio Biotehnoloske Raziskave in Razvoj Doo (Slovenia), Aimerit Sl (Spain) and Asociación Agraria De Jóvenes Agricultores (Spain).

Left: Magdalena Kovacova, M.Sc. Project Manager and DEC leader (RTDS). Right: Stéphane Compant, Ph.D. Scientific Coordinator (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology).

BIOVEXO project contact

There are a number of ways you can stay updated as regards the latest insights on the topic of Xylella fastidiosa and project progress. See the following links below.

Feel free to also get in touch directly with the BIOVEXO partners. Please write us at biovexo@rtds-group.com.