from 01/06/2023 until 31/05/2027

PataFEST (Potato crop effective management strategies to tackle future pest threats) is a project funded by the European Union with a consortium of 18 partners from Spain, Ecuador, Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Israel, Italy and the Czech Republic. The project is based on the potato and its vulnerability to a variety of pests and soil-borne pathogen diseases. The various risks of these could lead to important economic damages within the potato industry, as well as significant food wastage.


PataFEST aims to provide a powerful European initiative, focusing on sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies to treat and control the presence of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) pest and its vector in plant, and address the incidence of soil-borne pathogens during potato postharvest storage.

The main objectives of the project are:

Studying pest dissemination at a molecular level - to identify which potato varieties are resistant to the CLso pest

Implementing innovative preharvest solutons - including coatings and sensors, which will also be useful when controling soil pathogen incidence during storage

Developing real-time tools and revolutionising postharvest technologies - including mobile app image analysis and AI predictive models, which will empower farmers to protect their crops proactively.

About funding

Funding bodies: European Commission

Created Sept. 18, 2023, 12:42 p.m.

Updated Jan. 17, 2024, 1:37 p.m.

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