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Next Generation BioPesticides
for the control of the most “difficult-to-manage” pests and pathogens in fruits and vegetables

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Plant pests and pathogens damage agricultural production and endanger food security. Their control relies heavily on the use of synthetic insecticides, leading to a negative environmental impact. Developing new methods for pest and pathogen control is therefore essential to safeguard human health and meet the challenge of increasing crop yields, while reducing the use of chemical pesticides.

The overarching objective of the NextGenBioPest project is to meet this need by delivering novel and improved products, methods, and practices for the rational control of the most difficult-to-manage arthropod pests and pathogens, with substantially reduced pesticide use. The project will provide a new toolkit for plant protection in key vegetable and fruit crops including diagnostics for pest and pathogen identification and incrimination, novel Biological Control Agents and methods to augment their performance in the field, RNA-based pesticides, Low Risk/Green chemicals, plant resistance inducers and innovative agronomic and ecological practices.

These innovations will be integrated with existing approaches, to achieve effective, environment friendly and sustainable crop protection. They will be validated in large field studies, with both their efficiency and socioeconomic impact assessed. Demonstration fields, extensive training and modern targeted communication channels, will enable the appropriate dissemination and uptake of the outcomes to the stakeholders and end users. Data protection and commercialization strategies will ensure their exploitation. These goals will be achieved by integrating leading institutional and industrial partners with drivers of pest control programs. The multidisciplinary and multi-actor team will exploit their diverse expertise, access to extensive preliminary data and resources, and strong networks, to meet the project objectives and ensure the knowledge and tools generated deliver economic, ecological and societal impact. 

Project Specific Objectives (SO)



To set up a forum to capture the needs and expectations of stakeholders associated with plant protection, to better plan the development of improved plant protection strategies



To develop automated molecular platforms and IT/AI diagnostics for pests and pathogens



To develop and commercialize new Biological Control Agents and devise strategies to enhance their efficacy in the field



To develop, validate and bring to market pre-launch novel formulations of environmentally-friendly RNA-based pesticides



To develop, validate and bring to market pre-launch plant resistance inducers (RI), highly selective juvenoids, and repurposed Green Chemicals



To optimize agronomic and ecological practices to increase the resilience of agricultural production against biotic stresses and enhance sustainable IPM in fruit tree and vegetables crops



To integrate NextGenBioPest outcomes with existing methods into novel experimentally validated IPM concepts, and develop capacity for demonstrating their field efficiency



Analysis of social, economic and environmental aspects of next generation biopesticides, agroecological practice and novel IPM adoption



Το promote integration of knowledge, dissemination, exploitation and uptake to end users

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