Project: Contribution of olive history for the management of soil-borne parasites in the Mediterranean Basin

PESTOLIVE (Contribution of olive history for the management of soil-borne parasites in the Mediterranean basin) aims at producing knowledge and tools for a new and efficient management of plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN) and plant-pathogenic fungi (PPF) in olive (Olea europaea L.) cropping systems and nurseries, while reducing the use of pesticides. Because of the anthropic continuum from Olea post-glacial refuges to oleasters (domestication) and then to olive-trees (breeding and cropping), the fragmentation of the PPN and PPF communities and of their natural enemies could explain the scattered diversity of the control techniques (especially resistance rootstocks, biocontrol, cropping strategies) developed and applied all around the Mediterranean basin. The novelty of PESTOLIVE is based on i) the analysis and the management of the parasite diversity (ecology of communities) instead of controlling emblematic species (population approach) and ii) the involvement of knowledge about the historical co-adaptation of soil-borne parasite and natural enemies communities to olive-tree domestication (origins and past assemblages) and breeding that follows the history of O. europaea around the Mediterranean basin.

Duration 01/09/2012 - 31/08/2015
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Network ARIMNet
Call ARIMNet Call 2011

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Abdelmalek Essaâdi University - Faculty of Sciences - Laboratoire Diversité et Conservation des Systèmes Biologiques Partner Morocco
Cadi Ayyad University - Faculty of Sciences and Technologies - Laboratoire Biotechnologie de la Valorisation et la Protection des Agroressources Partner Morocco
Centre for Agricultural Research and Training - Instituto Andaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraria y Pesquera Partner Spain
French National Institute for Agricultural Research - Genetic and Plant Breeding Station Partner France
Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine - Département de Protection des Plantes Partner Morocco
Higher Institute of Agronomic Sciences - Unité Biotechnologie et Protection des Plants Partner Tunisia
Institut de l’Olivier - du Pistachier et de l’Amandier - Laboratoire Ressources et Amélioration Génétiques de l’Olivier Partner Tunisia
Institute of Research for Development Coordinator France
International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari Partner Italy
National Agricultural Research Foundation - Plant Protection Institute Partner Greece
National Centre for Scientific Research - UMR Evolution and Biological Diversity laboratory Partner France
National Institute of Agricultural Research - Laboratoire d’Amélioration Génétique des Plantes Partner Morocco
National Institute of Agronomy of Tunesia - Laboratoire de Phytiatrie Partner Tunisia
National Research Council - Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection Partner Italy
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock - Bati Akdeniz Agricultural Research Institute - Department of Nematology and Molecular Biology Partner Türkiye
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock - Olive Research Institute - Olive Growing Technology Department Partner Türkiye
Spanish National Research Council - Institute for Sustainable Agriculture - Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible - Laboratorio de Fitonematología-Interacciones Partner Spain
University Ibn Zohr - Faculty of Science - Biotechnologie et Valorisation des Ressources Naturelles Partner Morocco