VirFree joins the expertise of academia and private companies to achieve the following objectives: (i) to identify new viral and viroid strains or species affecting fruit trees and grapevine; (ii) to optimise existing and develop novel virus detection methods; (iii) to improve propagation and sanitation methods for producing high quality (virus-tested) plant material of fruit trees and grapevine. To this aim diagnostic tools currently used in certification programs will be combined with advanced technologies such as next generation sequencing (NGS) and nanobodies. Eight academic partners within the EU and associated countries, three within Third Countries and five non-academic partners are involved in VirFree. The knowledge will be disseminated to academic institutions, nurseries and other private sectors. Training of a new generation of researchers will be done considering the needs of both industrial and academic sectors a priority.

Institutions and companies participating to VirFree
Academic institutions:
Laboratory of Plant Pathology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, CNR (Italy)
Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes, CNRS (France)
Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, FoRTH (Greece)
Mustafa Kemal University (Turkey)
Namik Kemal University (Turkey)
Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (Spain)
University of Basilicata (Italy)

AGRITEST S.r.l (Italy)
Beta Fidan (Turkey)
Fitotechniki -XILOGIANNIS BROS UN.CO. (Greece)
Lifesequencing, S.L. (Spain)

Partners (in Third Countries):
Institute of plant protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences(China)
Instituto superior politécnico do kuanza sul (Angola)
University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Research staff

Research activity

  • Production defense and biosafety