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Statiunea de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Pomicultura Bistrita - Romania

To gain further information on PPV epidemiology in Romania and to develop new ways to limit PPV spreading

Statiunea de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Pomicultura Bistrita (SCDP Bistrita) is one of the most important research station involved in Plum pox virus (PPV) investigations in Romania. SCDP Bistrita is focusing on the impact of PPV on yield and fruit quality, strain characterization, epidemiology. The overall mission of SCDP joint partner in SharCo is to gain further information on PPV epidemiology in Romania and to develop new ways to limit PPV spreading.

Key persons involved

  • Dr. Ioan ZAGRAI (Head of Research Department)
    12-years experience in virology and breeding fields, specialized on virus strain characterization and conventional plum breeding. Co-ordinator of a national project focusing on variability of Plum pox virus in Romania.

  • Dr. Luminita ZAGRAI
    Plant virologist. Main field of expertise is the serological and molecular detection.

  • Prof. Dr. Doru PAMFIL
    13 years experience in molecular virology and plant biotechnology.

  • Sabin SUCIU
    Technician with experience in virology field.

Publications

  • Zagrai, I, Ravelonandro, M., Scorza, R., Gaboreanu Ioana, Ferencz Beatrix, Popescu, O., Pamfil, D., Zagrai Luminita, Maxim, A. 2007 - Serological and Molecular Variability of Plum Pox Virus In Transgenic and Conventional Plums. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Biotechnology of Temperate Fruit Crops and Tropical Species. October 10-14, 2005, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. ISHS Acta Horticultuarae no. 738:703-710.

  • Scorza, R., Hily, J.M., Callahan Ann, Malinovki, T., Cambra, M., Capote Nieves, Zagrai, I., Damsteegt, V., Briard, P., Ravelonandro, M. 2007. Deregulation of Plum Pox Resistant Transgenic Plum "HoneySweet". Proceedings of the International Symposium on Biotechnology of Temperate Fruit Crops and Tropical Species. October 10-14, 2005, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. ISHS Acta Horticultuarae no. 738: 669-674.

  • Isac M. and Zagrai I (2006) Plum pox virus (PPV) in Romania. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO, 36, No. 2, pg. 213.

  • Zagrai I., Gaboreanu Ioana, Ferencz Beatrix, Zagrai Luminita, Pamfil D., Popescu, O., Ravelonandro, M., Capote Nieves, Kovacs Katalin 2006 – First detection and molecular characterization of Plum pox virus recombinant strain in Romania. Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Animal Husbandry and Biotechnologies. Vol. 62/2006, pag. 291-298.ISSN 1454-2390.

  • Zagrai, I., Ardelean, M., Maxim, A., Zagrai L, Vlădianu D, Isac M, Cătană C, Gaboreanu I (2005) Studies on the spread of Plum pox virus (PPV) in a canopy of several plum cultivars. Phytopathol. Pol. 36: 123-129.

Material resources

Fully equipped virology laboratory dedicated to serological and molecular detection and typing, greenhouse for biological studies of PPV isolates, experimental field plots for PPV resistance testing, experimental and commercial nursery.