Given the high risk of Xylella Fastidiosa spreading across important agricultural areas of the EU, LIFE RESILIENCE proposes to develop pathogen-resistant and productive plant genotypes, apply sustainable practices and innovate on natural vector control methods to demonstrate their efficacy in preventing the negative effects of XF. Once infected by the pathogen, elimination and containment is difficult to achieve. Current measures address the eradication of infected and surrounding vegetation, leading to huge economic and ecological losses. Preliminary research shows that climates with temperate winters are specially vulnerable to pathogen proliferation, and climate change (CC) will only exacerbate this effect.
Greenfield Technologies, as a partner in the project, will contribute to the fight against Xylella fastidiosa by applying precision agriculture through the monitoring, evaluation and control of crops, being able to obtain detailed knowledge of the different areas of the farms, through the characterisation of soils and analysis of satellite images and drone, to identify the evolution of the different vectors of transmission of the pathogen.
The consortium of this project is made up of companies and institutions from Spain, Italy and Portugal: Galpagro, the University of Cordoba, Agrifood Comunicación, Agrodrone and ASAJA Nacional. In addition, Life Resilience has the participation of Nutriprado and SAHC-Sociedad Agrícola de Herdade do Charqueirao, S.A. in Portugal; and the Italian entities Gruppo Salov and the Istituto per la Valorizzazione del Legno e delle Specie Arboree (IVALSA), belonging to the Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche of Italy.