PHASER: phage search in insect vector microbiome

PHASER is the winner IPSP project in the “Agriculture, forestry and environment” strategic area of the RESEARCH PROJECT AWARD – DISBA 2021. Dr. Marta Vallino presented the project during the annual DiSBA Conference, which took place on 21st December 2020. The aim of PHASER is to study the presence of bacteriophages in four insect vectors of important plant diseases, using both an innovative, based on RNAseq analysis, and a traditional, based on microscopic observations, approach. The project results will widen the knowledge of the microbiome of these important plant pests and will pose the basis for the development of microbe-based strategies for their containment, to reduce the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture.