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LIFE Vida for Citrus Development of sustainable control strategies for citric under threat of climate change & preventing entry of HLB in EU


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The EU's Mediterranean area is responsible for approximately 20% of the world’s citrus production and 70% of global citrus exports. Citrus fruits are vulnerable to a disease called Huanlongbing (HLB) or citrus greening, caused by a bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter spp., which is spread through vector insects. Although it has not entered Europe yet, the disease infected 40 countries between 2005 and 2009, causing up to 60% losses. HLB has no known cure and current control measures have a high negative environmental impact, needing heavy doses of chemical insecticides and eradication of trees. Moreover, an early detection is difficult because the visible symptoms appear too late. Climate change, among other challenges, exacerbates the spread of HLB.

LIFE Vida for Citrus project aims to (i) contribute to the early diagnosis of HLB by developing a early detection kit; (ii) test new pathogen- and heat-tolerant rootstocks that can be adapted to Mediterranean citrus production and increase plant resilience; (iii) demonstrate techniques to effectively control vector spread and increase defense in the entire ecosystem with sustainable agricultural practices, while providing other environmental co-benefits; (iv) promote international cooperation and involve the EUs Outermost Regions in strategies to avoid HLB entry and contain potential spread; (v) create a replicable model of agricultural practices for vector/disease prevention for citrus growers in EU, while increasing their capacity to adapt to climate change; and (vi) demonstrate how to reduce chemical usage in line with the EU Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive 2009/128/EC.

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Lead

Asociación Agraria Jóvenes Agricultores de Málaga

Partners

ICIA (INSTITUTO CANARIO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGRARIAS), Spain
Ay Sevilla (Ayuntamiento de Sevilla), Spain
AVA-ASAJA(Asociación Valenciana de Agricultores - Asociación Agraria Jóvenes Agricultores), Spain
VAL-AGRO (VALENCIAGRO – PRODUÇÃO FRUTÍCOLA, UNIPESSOAL LDA), Portugal
IVIA (Institut Valencià d'Investigacions Agràries), Spain
UALG (Universidade do Algarve), Portugal
IFAPA (INSTITUTO ANDALUZ DE INVESTIGACIÓN Y FORMACIÓN AGRARIA PESQUERA ALIMENTARIA Y DE LA PRODUCCIÓN ECOLÓGICA), Spain
AGRIMARBA (Agrimarba 2 S.L.), Spain
INRA (INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE FRENCH NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH), France
UNICT (Università degli Studi di Catania), Italy
CIRAD (CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONAL EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT), France
ASAJA (Asociación Agraria Jóvenes Agricultores), Spain

Source of funding

LIFE18 CCA/ES/001109

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