Development and implementation of certification programs for virus-tested and virus-free propagation material of horticultural crops


The workshop program will focus on:
Development and implementation of certification programs for virus-tested and virus-free propagation material of horticultural crops.
During a student field trip in June 2010 farms were visited and various cultures inspected. Viral diseases were widespread and of significant importance for the quality and quantity of yields. In Colombia any expertise lacks in regard to plant virus disease. Across the country there are three plant virologists.
Plant-pathogenic viruses can lead to serious economic losses in agriculture and horticulture. This will result in significant losses displayed in quality as well as yields. Moreover, the vitality and plant vigor in regard to abiotic and biotic factors may be reduced. As phytopathogenic viruses cannot be combated as fungis by curative means, prophylactic measures are of particular importance. Such measures include the selection and use of virus-free propagation material for the establishment of the stocks. This is essential to ensure to long-term quality and quantity of high-quality agricultural products for the home and particular the international market. In cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers' associations an appropriate certification program should be established for economically important horticultural crops.
topics: - the exchange of graduated students to collaborate within the
project
- the training of Colombian students in Plant Virology
- the establishment of a certification program with the corresponding
ministry and if indicated further administration/organizations
- Development of parameters for the evaluation of horticultural crops
- Create an experimental design
- basic training in plant virology

Principal investigators
Büttner, Carmen Prof. Dr. agr. (Details) (Phytomedicine)

Financer
DFG: Sachbeihilfe

Duration of project
Start date: 09/2010
End date: 08/2011

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