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VIRTIGATION success stories: Second batch of EIP-AGRI Practice Abstracts released

VIRTIGATION success stories: Second batch of EIP-AGRI Practice Abstracts released

VIRTIGATION has released its second batch of EIP-AGRI Practice Abstracts, which provide useful guidance and information to the stakeholders of our multi-actor network.
How to disinfect TMV contaminated substrate by using solarization and steaming

How to disinfect TMV contaminated substrate by using solarization and steaming

VIRTIGATION partners TECNOVA and Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen have developed a new poster to guide growers on how to disinfect TMV-contaminated substrate with solarization and steaming.
Nog geen uitsluitsel over de werkzaamheid van plantextracten tegen tabakswittevlieg B. tabaci

Nog geen uitsluitsel over de werkzaamheid van plantextracten tegen tabakswittevlieg B. tabaci

In de winter van 2024 werd op VIRTIGATION partner Proefcentrum Hoogstraten een proef uitgevoerd, waarbij bespuitingen met plantextracten werden toegepast om tabakswittevlieg (Bemisia tabaci) te beheersen. Rani Mertens van het Proefcentrum Hoogstraten rapporteert.
New study unveils improved strategies for ToBRFV control by soil disinfection

New study unveils improved strategies for ToBRFV control by soil disinfection

A new study by VIRTIGATION partner Volcani Center unveiled new strategies for controlling ToBRFV contamination in soil through disinfection.
New paper explores geographic distribution and diversity of Bemisia tabaci whitefly in Italy

New paper explores geographic distribution and diversity of Bemisia tabaci whitefly in Italy

A new paper by VIRTIGATION partner UNICT investigated the geographic distribution and diversity of the Bemisia tabaci whitefly in Italy.
VIRTIGATION success stories: First batch of EIP-AGRI Practice Abstracts published

VIRTIGATION success stories: First batch of EIP-AGRI Practice Abstracts published

VIRTIGATION has published its first EIP-AGRI Practice Abstracts, which aim to provide useful guidance and information to the stakeholders of our multi-actor network.
Voces de la jornada técnica en Almería sobre nuevas herramientas de biocontrol contra las posibles pandemias en cultivos hortícolas

Voces de la jornada técnica en Almería sobre nuevas herramientas de biocontrol contra las posibles pandemias en cultivos hortícolas

Escuche el informe de audio sobre la jornada técnica en Almería organizada recientemente por los socios de VIRTIGATION AGAPA y TECNOVA.
What's new in plant science? Relevant scientific publications gathered in January-February 2024

What's new in plant science? Relevant scientific publications gathered in January-February 2024

The first edition of our new series "What's new in plant science?", provides an overview on scientific publications gathered during January-February 2024. While not published by VIRTIGATION itself, they include highly relevant findings for the stakeholders of our network.
How to recognise ToBRFV symptoms:                  New findings from VIRTIGATION

How to recognise ToBRFV symptoms: New findings from VIRTIGATION

VIRTIGATION partners DCM CORP and Scientia Terrae have developed a new poster to growers on how to recognise ToBRFV symptoms.
Jornada técnica de VIRTIGATION: Estrategias de gestión integrada de plagas para el control de virus en hortícolas de invernadero

Jornada técnica de VIRTIGATION: Estrategias de gestión integrada de plagas para el control de virus en hortícolas de invernadero

El 22 de febrero 2024, tendrá lugar en el centro experimental de TECNOVA en Almería una jornada técnica organizada por AGAPA y TECNOVA con los agentes de interés, sobre estrategias de gestión integrada de plagas para el control de virus en invernaderos hortícolas en Almería.
VIRTIGATION Workshop on IPM strategies for virus control in horticultural greenhouses

VIRTIGATION Workshop on IPM strategies for virus control in horticultural greenhouses

On the 22nd of February 2024, VIRTIGATION partners AGAPA and TECNOVA will organise a stakeholder workshop on IPM strategies for virus control in horticultural greenhouses in Almería.
Plant research glimpse: VIRTIGATION research & innovation progress achieved at mid-term mark

Plant research glimpse: VIRTIGATION research & innovation progress achieved at mid-term mark

In the final edition of the "Plant research glimpse" series, an overview on VIRTIGATION research & innovation progress at mid-term mark of the project is provided.
Plant research glimpse: New study provides insights into gene expression dynamics in tomato plants infected with Tomato chlorosis virus

Plant research glimpse: New study provides insights into gene expression dynamics in tomato plants infected with Tomato chlorosis virus

In a new edition of our "Plant research glimpse" series, we highlight a recently published paper of VIRTIGATION partners CSIC and CRAG in the Viruses journal, which explored how the genes in tomato plants change over time after an infection with the Tomato chlorosis virus (ToCV).
Fifth VIRTIGATION newsletter is published!

Fifth VIRTIGATION newsletter is published!

Discover the fifth newsletter published by the VIRTIGATION project, which outlines the latest news, activities & scientific publications from the project.
Plant research glimpse: How can mixed infections impact the symptom profile of ToBRFV?

Plant research glimpse: How can mixed infections impact the symptom profile of ToBRFV?

The third edition of our blog series "Plant research glimpse" includes a status update on mixed viral infections provided by scientist Christine Vos from VIRTIGATION partner Scientia Terrae. In this project research focus, VIRTIGATION seeks to determine the role of mixed viral infections in modulating host resistances, virus transmission and climate-dependent symptom manifestations.
Plant research glimpse: New paper assesses the longevity of the whitefly biocontrol agent Encarsia formosa under future climate conditions

Plant research glimpse: New paper assesses the longevity of the whitefly biocontrol agent Encarsia formosa under future climate conditions

In the second edition of our blog series “Plant research glimpse”, we focus on a new paper published in the Biological Control journal by VIRTIGATION partners LIST and UNICT. Their study assesses the longevity of the key whitefly biocontrol agent Encarsia formosa, a parasitoid, under projected future climate change conditions.
Plant research glimpse: New study evaluates longevity of whitefly biocontrol agent Eretmocerus eremicus under climate change

Plant research glimpse: New study evaluates longevity of whitefly biocontrol agent Eretmocerus eremicus under climate change

What are the latest developments and trending topics in plant research? To unveil this, our new blog series “Plant research glimpse” highlights relevant recent scientific, peer-reviewed open access publications. We start with a new study published in the Phytoparasatica journal by VIRTIGATION partners LIST and UNICT, which evaluates the longevity of a key whitefly biocontrol agent, the parasitoid Eretmocerus eremicus, under projected future climate change conditions.
VIRTIGATION goes to India – Visit to University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore

VIRTIGATION goes to India – Visit to University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore

On 10 June 2023, VIRTIGATION visited the facilities of its Indian international partner UASB to check their progress made in fighting ToLCNDV.
Incredible facts about Whiteflies

Incredible facts about Whiteflies

Tomato and cucurbits are increasingly threatened by whitefly-transmitted diseases. Read our blog to find out more about this devastating plant pest.
New Regulation on Plants Produced by Genomic Techniques

New Regulation on Plants Produced by Genomic Techniques

The European Commission has published a proposal for a new Regulation on plants produced by certain new genomic techniques as part of a parcel of legislative proposals related to the EU’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.
Fourth VIRTIGATION newsletter published

Fourth VIRTIGATION newsletter published

Read the fourth newsletter published by the VIRTIGATION project, which outlines the latest news, activities & publications from the project.
#Meet the VIRTIGATION Advisory Board Members: Interview with Valérie Grimault

#Meet the VIRTIGATION Advisory Board Members: Interview with Valérie Grimault

In the second edition of our "#Meet the VIRTIGATION Advisory Board Members" series, we speak with Valérie Grimault, Assistant Director at the key international plant protection organisation EPPO and renowned ToBRFV expert.
New tool Eggsplorer innovates whitefly counting & determination of plant-insect resistance

New tool Eggsplorer innovates whitefly counting & determination of plant-insect resistance

In a new paper published in BMC Plant Methods, VIRTIGATION partner Stichting Wageningen Research (WR) showcases a new innovative software tool - the Eggsplorer - to facilitate whitefly counting and determination of plant-insect resistance.
New review paper explores the strategies to halt devastating disease outbreaks of ToBRFV

New review paper explores the strategies to halt devastating disease outbreaks of ToBRFV

In a new review paper published in the Agronomy journal, VIRTIGATION partner Wageningen University (WU) looks to nature for strategies to halt devastating disease outbreaks of ToBRFV.
Wild cucurbit E. Elaterium not deemed a key reservoir for ToLCNDV ES strain in new paper

Wild cucurbit E. Elaterium not deemed a key reservoir for ToLCNDV ES strain in new paper

While the wild cucurbit E. Elaterium is frequently infected by the ToLCNDV Spain strain, it is not a relevant reservoir for viral disease spread , as VIRTIGATION partners University of Catania (UNICT) and CSIC prove in a new paper published in Insects. UNICT and CSIC's new publication also clarifies key aspects of the whitefly transmission of ToLCNDV.
#Meet the VIRTIGATION Advisory Board Members: Interview with Darren Martin

#Meet the VIRTIGATION Advisory Board Members: Interview with Darren Martin

The VIRTIGATION Advisory Board is a new project body tasked with providing strategic recommendations to better guide research & innovation efforts. Following its establishment at the last annual meeting in Israel, it is now time to introduce its members. Meet Darren Martin, Associate Professor in Computational Biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in the first instalment of our new series "#Meet the VIRTIGATION Advisory Board Members".
Recap of VIRTIGATION annual meeting in Tel Aviv

Recap of VIRTIGATION annual meeting in Tel Aviv

From 8-10 May 2023, VIRTIGATION partners gathered in Tel Aviv, Israel, for the second annual meeting, to take stock of progress made and plan the next research & innovation actions for the project.
Plant virus snapshots: Cucumber vein yellowing virus

Plant virus snapshots: Cucumber vein yellowing virus

In the fourth edition of our blog series Plant virus snapshots, the whitefly-transmitted ipomovirus Cucumber vein yellowing virus (CVYV) is in the spotlight.
Plant virus snapshots: Tomato chlorosis virus

Plant virus snapshots: Tomato chlorosis virus

The third edition of our blog series Plant virus snapshots focuses on a plant virus from the Closteroviridae virus family, the Tomato chlorosis virus. The Tomato chlorosis virus is one of two criniviruses that are transmitted by whiteflies.
Invasive weeds S. elaeagnifolium and S. rostratum shown as ToBRFV hosts in new paper

Invasive weeds S. elaeagnifolium and S. rostratum shown as ToBRFV hosts in new paper

In a new paper published in the PLOS ONE journal, VIRTIGATION partner Volcani Center identifies the invasive weeds Solanum elaeagnifolium and Solanum rostratum as potential ToBRFV hosts.
New publication unveils the secrets of success of Begomoviruses

New publication unveils the secrets of success of Begomoviruses

In a new literature review published in the Trends in Plant Science journal, VIRTIGATION partner CSIC unveils the secrets of success of Begomoviruses like ToLCNDV and TYLCV.
New publication shows how Macrolophus pygmaeus can reduce whitefly damage in plants

New publication shows how Macrolophus pygmaeus can reduce whitefly damage in plants

In a new paper published in the Insects journal, VIRTIGATION partner University of Catania (UNICT) shows how the Macrolophus pygmaeus predatory bug, a natural enemy of the Bemisia tabaci whitefly, can reduce its damage on plants.
Plant virus snapshots: Cucumber mosaic virus

Plant virus snapshots: Cucumber mosaic virus

The second edition of our blog series Plant virus snapshots focuses on a plant virus from the Bromoviridae virus family, the Cucumber mosaic virus. The Cucumber mosaic virus has the reputation of having the widest host range of any known plant virus.
Plant virus snapshots: Tomato mosaic virus

Plant virus snapshots: Tomato mosaic virus

Tomatoes & cucurbits are not only affected by ToBRFV, ToLCNDV and TYLCV, but by many other plant viruses as well. Our new blog series Plant virus snapshots shines a light on other key tobamo- and begomoviruses commonly found in tomato & cucurbit crops. We start off with the tobamovirus Tomato mosaic virus, one of the oldest described plant viruses.
Third VIRTIGATION newsletter published

Third VIRTIGATION newsletter published

Read the third newsletter published by the Horizon 2020 VIRTIGATION project.
Plant health policy at a glance: The main pillars of EU plant health law

Plant health policy at a glance: The main pillars of EU plant health law

In the fifth and final edition of our "Plant health policy at a glance" series, we shine a light on the main pillars of EU plant health law, and how they help combat ToBRFV and ToLCNDV in tomatoes and cucurbits.
Primer taller multiactor con agentes de interés en Almería

Primer taller multiactor con agentes de interés en Almería

El 30 de marzo 2022, los VIRTIGATION socios TECNOVA y AGAPA organizaron el primer workshop del proyecto con agentes de interés en Almería. Lea nuestro informe detallado sobre las conversaciones que VIRTIGATION mantuvo con las principales agentes de interés de la capital europea de los invernaderos.
Report on first multi-actor stakeholder workshop in Almería

Report on first multi-actor stakeholder workshop in Almería

On the 30th of March 2022, VIRTIGATION partners TECNOVA and AGAPA organized the project's first multi-actor workshop with stakeholders in Almería. Read our detailed report on the fruiful discussions VIRTIGATION held with key local stakeholders from Europe's greenhouse capital.
Plant health policy at a glance: The role of the IPPC

Plant health policy at a glance: The role of the IPPC

In the fourth edition of our "Plant health policy at a glance" series, we present the crucial role of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in tackling ToBRFV and ToLCNDV in tomatoes and cucurbits.
Plant health policy at a glance: The role of EFSA

Plant health policy at a glance: The role of EFSA

The third edition of our "Plant health policy at a glance" blog series focuses on the vital role of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in the fight against ToBRFV and ToLCNDV in tomatoes and cucurbits.
Plant health policy at a glance: The role of NPPOs

Plant health policy at a glance: The role of NPPOs

In the second edition of our "Plant health policy at a glance" blog series, we explore the crucial role of the National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) in tackling ToBRFV and ToLCNDV through national plant health policies.
Plant health policy at a glance: The role of EPPO

Plant health policy at a glance: The role of EPPO

There are various policies, regulations, institutions and standardization bodies that govern the fight against ToBRFV and ToLCNDV in tomatoes and cucurbits. Our new blog series "Plant health policy at a glance" explores the key players in this field. In its first edition, we present the EPPO, the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
Second VIRTIGATION newsletter is published!

Second VIRTIGATION newsletter is published!

Read the second newsletter published by the Horizon 2020 VIRTIGATION project.
Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in Italy, Luxembourg, UK, Israel, India and Morocco

Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in Italy, Luxembourg, UK, Israel, India and Morocco

The final edition of our country focus blog series explores the emerging viral diseases situation in our target countries Italy, Luxembourg, the UK, Israel, India and Morocco.
Recap of VIRTIGATION annual meeting in Almería

Recap of VIRTIGATION annual meeting in Almería

From 30 March - 1 April 2022, VIRTIGATION partners gathered in Almería, Spain for the first face-to-face annual meeting, to discuss progress made and the next steps ahead for the project
Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in Germany

Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in Germany

The fifth edition of our country focus blog series explores the situation in our focus country Germany, one of Europe's biggest agricultural producers.
Launch of VIRTIGATION network in Almería

Launch of VIRTIGATION network in Almería

On the 30th of March 2022, the VIRTIGATION network will be launched through a workshop gathering key local stakeholders in Almería, in parallel to the project's annual meeting.
Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in France

Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in France

In the fourth edition of our country focus blog series, VIRTIGATION looks at its target country France, which is Europe's largest agricultural producer.
Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in Spain

Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in Spain

The third edition of our country focus blog series covers the VIRTIGATION target country Spain, which is home to the world's largest concentration of greenhouses.
Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in the Netherlands

Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in the Netherlands

In the second edition of our country focus blog series, we shine a light on the situation in the VIRTIGATION focus country Netherlands, a key agriculture exporter in the world.
First VIRTIGATION newsletter published

First VIRTIGATION newsletter published

Read the first newsletter published by the Horizon 2020 VIRTIGATION project.
Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in Belgium

Country focus: Emerging viral diseases in Belgium

The horticulture sector worldwide is firmly in the grip of emerging viral diseases caused by TYLCV, ToLCNDV and ToBRFV. In our new blog series, we shine a light on the situation in VIRTIGATION's focus countries, and what is being done to address it.
International Year of Fruits & Vegetables 2021 #IYFV2021

International Year of Fruits & Vegetables 2021 #IYFV2021

The United Nations have declared 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the key role of fruits and vegetables in food security, nutrition and human health.
Best of VIRTIGATION explained series

Best of VIRTIGATION explained series

Take a look at the highlights of the recent VIRTIGATION explained series, which shed a light on the science and purpose of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 VIRTIGATION project.
Media coverage of VIRTIGATION public launch

Media coverage of VIRTIGATION public launch

On the 15th of September 2021, VIRTIGATION celebrated its public launch with the unveiling of its website and press releases for general and specialist audiences. Multiple renowned press and media outlets across the globe covered the project's public launch. Read our overview to find out more:
Recap of VIRTIGATION project Kick-Off Event

Recap of VIRTIGATION project Kick-Off Event

On the 15th-16th of June 2021, the VIRTIGATION project held its kick-off meeting as a virtual meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions imposed by national authorities across the globe. Although partners couldn’t meet personally, an international cooperation was successfully established in the virtual kick-off meeting, which 59 participants from the VIRTIGATION consortium attended.