Expertise of organization

The University of Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum, is one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe with about 90.000 enrolled students, 33 departments, about 2900 academics and 3000 administrative staff. The University places special emphasis on the quality of education and research. UNIBO has gained a considerable experience in international and European research projects, successfully participated in FP7 with more than 182 funded projects in the different specific Programmes (acting as coordinator in 24 of these). In the KBBE theme, UniBo is participating to 44 Projects, leading 9 as Coordinator. The Agricultural Science Department (where prof. Assunta Bertaccini is head of the Phytobacteriology Laboratories) brings together agricultural, economics, biological and plant pathology knowledge that covers the whole range of research and development, from the laboratory bench to the field plant pathology on a range of quarantine and non quarantine plant pathogens. The Phytobacteriology laboratories of UNIBO offers expertise in the isolation and biochemical, molecular and taxonomic characterization of plant pathogenic bacteria and phytoplasmas, through integrated approaches, a unique collection of phytoplasma reference strains as well as of relevant plant pathogenic bacterial are maintained and available to the scientific community to research aims.

Role in the project

UNIBO will participate in WP2 (Inventory), WP3 (Quality standards), WP4 (Access), WP5 (Infoportal), WP6 (Reference collections) and WP7 (Dissemination)

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