PhageFire – An effective and environmentally friendly solution to control fire blight disease caused by Erwinia amylovora in pome fruit crops
At a glance
- Project leader : Sixto Cabezón Largas, Prof. Dr. Lars Fieseler, Dr. Tamas Kovacs, Elena Latrado Camello
- Project team : Sandrine Kammerecker, Marjan Veljkovic
- Project status : ongoing
- Funding partner : EU and other international programmes (Horizon 2020 / Projekt Nr. 958645)
- Contact person : Lars Fieseler
The PhageFire project is devised to satisfy the unmet need for a secure and reliable solution to control fire blight (FB) disease in pome fruits caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora (Ea). The Spanish pome fruit producer, Peras de Rincón de Soto has partnered with Enviroinvest (Hungary) consultancy company expert in production, authorization and commercialization of phage-based pesticides, ZHAW (Switzerland) – a top research centre in phage therapy and Kimitec Group specialist in the design, development and commercialization of natural solutions for the plant protection sector. Together, PhageFire Consortium members aim to further develop an integrated phage-based solution enabling pome fruit farmers to effectively control Ea infections, reducing both production and economic losses. In addition, this will also result on reduced reliance on harmful chemicals (mainly copper-based products) and antibiotics.