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Dipartimento di Protezione delle Piante e Microbiologia Applicata - Italy

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Eradication programs, development of diagnostic tools, strain characterization, establishment of guidelines and protocols for the production and propagation of certified plant materials

The “Dipartimento di Protezione delle Piante e Microbiologia Applicata” (DPPMA), formerly called “Istituto di Patologia Vegetale”, belongs to the University of Bari (Faculty of Agriculture). The DPPMA is organised in research units of micology, applied bacteriology and Plant virology. According to an agreement between CNR and University of Bari, since 1982 the DPPMA hosts the Unit of Bari of the “Istituto di Virologia Vegetale del CNR” (IVV-CNR), whose staff works jointly, as mixed research unit, with the Plant Virology unit of the DPPMA. Similarly to IVV-CNR, the Plant Virology unit of DPPMA has several years of experience in research activities related to PPV: eradication programs, development of diagnostic tools, strain characterization, establishment of guidelines and protocols for the production and propagation of certified plant materials. Moreover, the DPPMA has a long established cooperation with the Centro di Studio e Sperimentazione in Agricoltura “Basile Caramia” (CRSA), an institution holding facilities (screenhouses) authorised for development of biological assays with PPV-infected germplasm.

Key persons of the DPPMA involved in the activities of “SharCo”

  • Prof Vito SAVINO (Full Professor)
    Plant virologist, whose main field is production of virus-free material. He is advisor for certification schemes of the Phytosanitary Authority.

  • Prof. Maria Antonietta CASTELLANO (Associated professor)
    Plant virologist specialised in citopathology and electron microscopy.

  • Dr Alessandra BAZZONI (Post Doc)
    Plant virologist, specialised in laboratory diagnosis and biological characterisation. Actually in charge of a program of evaluation of the sensitivity of Prunus germplasm to PPV infection.

Material resources
Glasshouse with temperature control for maintenance and propagation of the viruses. The glasshouse include boxes authorized for maintenance of class 2 GMOs (plants and microorganisms). Screenhouses fully dedicated to host PPV-infected plants (one of those will host the in vivo long term reference collection of PPV isolates); fully equipped laboratory (including one Real Time thermalcycler) for serological and molecular diagnosis of PPV.

Website

http://www.agr.uniba.it/dppma/