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2020 Spring

Second round of test performance studies (TPS) – start date

The second round of TPS will start in spring 2020.If you are interested in participating to one or several TPS, please send us an email to contact@valitest.eu by mid-October 2019 at the latest.

IMPORTANT: If you are not a VALITEST project partner and as the project’s budget does not allow any external funding, the participation to the TPS will be at your own cost. As a participant to the TPS, you would receive the evaluation report and you would be associated to the results exploitation.

2019 October 1-2

VALITEST mid-term conference

  • 1st and 2nd October 2019

The VALITEST mid-term conference will be held at the Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification (CREA-DC) in Rome on the 1st and 2nd of October 2019.

2019 September

Second round of test performance studies (TPS) – Pests selection

The preparation of the second round of Test performance studies (TPS) has started. Six pests (3 virus, 2 bacteria, 1 fungi) have been selected thanks to the collaborative work of the people from WP1 and WP4. The organizers (ANSES, CREA, FERA, NIB, UNITO) of each TPS has been identified. The selection of the tests that will be part of each TPS is ongoing.

Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus
Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus
NIB
Tomato brown rugose fruit virus
Tomato brown rugose fruit virus
CREA
Xylophilus ampelinus
Xylophilus ampelinus
FERA

Cryphonectria parasitica
Cryphonectria parasitica
UNITO
Xanthomonas citri pv. citri
Xanthomonas citri pv. citri
ANSES
Plum pox virus
Plum pox virus
ANSES
2019 September

First round of test performance studies (TPS) – follow up

The first round of Test Performance Studies (TPS) has been launched in 2019. For each TPS, samples have been sent to 17 to 32 participants from different countries. In total, 5083 samples have been prepared and circulated to participants by May 2019. Bench work has been performed by the different participants and analysis of the results is ongoing. Results of TPS studies are expected by the beginning of next year.


Table summarizing the main characteristics of the first round of TPS

Pest Tests Number of participants registered Number of countries Number of samples prepared

Erwinia amylovora

5 tests (real-time PCR, LFDs and LAMP)

32

20

920

Pantoea stewartii subsp. stewartii

6 tests (real-time PCR, PCR)

23

16

460

Citrus tristeza virus

11 tests (ELISA, TPIA, Conventional RT-PCR, Real-time RT-PCR, RT-LAMP and ImmunoStrip)

17

11

1656

Bursaphelenchus xylophilus

5 tests (conventional PCR, real-time PCR, LAMP)

21

18

430 DNA extracts

280 spiked wood extracts

Plum pox virus

8 tests (RT-PCR, real-time RT-PCR, DAS-ELISA)

17

12

697

Fusarium circinatum

6 tests (plating, PCR, real-time PCR)

20

15

640

2019 February

First round test performance studies (TPS)

The organisation of the first round test performance studies (TPS) has been started. Mid-January potential partners have been invited for the different test performance studies. The selection of the participants based on pre-defined criteria will be finished soon. Each TPS includes several methods and in some cases several tests per method. Preliminary studies for the selection of these tests will be finished at the end of February.
The following methods are included in the TPS organized in this first round. A second round on other pests will be organised in 2020.

  • Erwinia amylovora: real-time PCR, LAMP, LFD
  • Pantoea stewartii: PCR, real-time PCR, LAMP
  • citrus tristeza virus: RT-PCR, real-time PCR, LAMP, ELISA, Immunoprinting, LFD
  • plum pox virus: RT-PCR, real-time RT-PCR, ELISA
  • Fusarium circinatum: Plating, PCR, real-time PCR
  • Bursaphelenchus xylophilus: PCR, real-time PCR, LAMP
2018 May 29

"Kick-off" meeting EU project Valitest

The kickoff meeting of the EU funded H2020 project VALITEST took place at Anses (Maison Alfort, France) on the 31st of May.

2018

No training for the moment

EU H2020
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n°773139.

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