Biotechnological Hub of the NIB (BTH-NIB)

The purpose of the investment project BTH-NIB is the assurance of the appropriate infrastructural conditions for the use of research and developmental opportunities in the fields of operation of the NIB.

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INEXTVIR Innovative Network for Next Generation Training and Sequencing of Virome

Project coordinator: prof.dr Maja Ravnikar

Code: GA No: 813542

Duration: 1.2.2019-31.1.2023

What is Inextvir?
INEXTVIR is implemented by a European Consortium of universities, research institutions and companies in Belgium, France, Spain, Slovenia and the UK. It offers fully funded 15 PhD positions in a transdisciplinary network of research and training aimed at accelerating the start of the applicants’ scientific career. Plant viruses cause 50% of the emerging plant diseases globally and pose an important threat to many agricultural crops. Losses are estimated at €15 to 45 billion per year through lower yields and reduced product quality. That is why Inextvir seeks to generate a better understanding of viral communities and their role in agricultural ecosystems by using the latest advances in high throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies coupled with modern big data analytical approaches and socioeconomic analysis. The project provides a timely opportunity to change our approach to plant health and improve our ability to overcome global agricultural, food security and environmental challenges.

Main objetives
  • To define the virome present in selected agricultural crops across Europe using cutting-edge High-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies.
  • To understand the biological impact that virus communities have on the biology and ecology of farming systems.
  • To improve virus detection capabilities in plant health diagnostic and certification settings through the development and validation of HTS methods including the use of novel sequencing technologies (e.g. Nanopore sequencing) and development of bioinformatics approaches based on AI and machine learning.
  • To assess the agronomic and socio-economic impact of the virome and translate it into practical decision tools for different stakeholders including policy makers, plant health bodies, diagnostics industry, agricultural sector and society.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 813542.