IPM-4-CITRUS aims to strengthen collaborations between academic and non-academic partners based in 3 European Member States (France, Germany and Italy), 2 Associated Countries (Turkey and Tunisia) and 1 Third Country (Lebanon), to develop two new bio-pesticides active against citrus pests and scale them up from lab to market.
The project’s research and innovation activities are based on a multidisciplinary approach, which aims at understanding and sensitising stakeholders about the health risk factors related to citrus pests and developing an alternative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach based on biological control. In conjunction with validation through field tests, the project will pave the way for future commercial exploitation of these new biopesticide products by drawing up a feasibility study for future spin-off activities and/or new production lines in partner SMEs.
Staff secondments and inter-sector and international mobilities between complementary partners will represent a unique opportunity to optimise bioproduction processes and obtain high added-value bioproducts, while building up the partners’ skills and reinforcing the training of early-stage researchers through knowledge sharing and networking. The project will also adopt a concrete RRI approach by favouring public engagement and informal education through the different outreach activities aimed at a variety of target groups.