New EC-funded Project on Karnal bunt (Tilletia indica)
"Karnal bunt risks" is an EC-sponsored project under Framework 5 (QLRT-PL1999-1554); Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources which aims at accurately predicting the risk of T. indica (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) becoming established in Europe and the likely socio-economic implications. The Project will generate new data on the factors affecting pathogen establishment. These, combined with climatic data, crop and pathogen models and pest risk mapping, will lead to a revised Pest Risk Analysis (revision of Sansford, 1998) and a new estimate of the risk that T. indica poses to European cereal production, based on scientific experimentation. The outputs from the Project will ultimately support and underpin EU plant health policy and legislation on T. indica. Partners include: CSL, Sand Hutton, UK; NSW Agriculture, Wagga Wagga Australia; DGISP, Frederiksberg C, Denmark; Department of Agricultural Sciences, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Taastrup, Denmark; Teagasc, Rural Economy Research Centre, Dublin, Ireland; IATA-CNR, Firenze, Italy; Istituto Sperimentale per la Patologia Vegetale, Rome, Italy; NCRI Plant Protection Centre, Fellesbygget, Norway; ARS/USDA and Fort Detrick, Maryland, USA
Public website including Partner details hosted by NCRI, Norway: http://www.planteforsk.no/prosjekter/karnalpublic/index.htm
Sansford, (1998). Karnal bunt (Tilletia indica): Detection of Tilletia indica Mitra in the US: Potential Risk to the UK and the EU. In Bunts and Smuts of Wheat: An International Symposium; North Carolina, August 17-20, 1997. Eds Malik, V. S. Mathre, D. E. NAPPO, Ottawa. 273-302.
Personal communication from Dr C. Sansford, CSL, Sand Hutton, UK (2000-09)