The SAS proposals for participation in FP6 projects
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FP6 priority
1.1.6   Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems
Title of the proposal

Utilization of biological protection methods of Castanea sativa Mill. and species of Quercus, Rhododendron and Skimmia

Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Forest Ecology, Branch of Woody Plant Biology,
Akademicka 2, 94901 Nitra, Slovak Republic
+421 37 7335738

Research subject for a potential FP6 project

Proposal abstract:
Castanea sativa Mill. and species of Quercus, Rhododendron and Skimmia as well as other ornamental woody plants in all areas of their cultivation have been threatened by parasitic fungi. Out of them the most dangerous are fungi from genera Cryphonectria and Phytophtora.The most effective and most ecological control of these diseases seem to be the biological control based on the phenomenon of hypovirulence and utilisation of antagonistic microorganisms. Testing these methods on plants attacked with fungal diseases will bring useful knowledge for their control.

  • To evaluate health condition of European chestnut and oaks on territory of Slovakia with regard to occurrence of Cryphonectria parasitica (Murr.) Barr.
  • To collect as many as possible number of hypovirulent isolates of Cryphonectria parasitica (Murr.) Barr. And produce from them commercial preparations suitable for treatment of cankers.
  • To test antagonistic micro-organisms for liquidation of fungi of Phytophtora spp. on selected woody species

  • Recent international cooperation of the research team

    INCO – COPERNICUS: An integrated study of factors involved in degraded chestnut forests in Central and Mediterranean Europe was done which included biological criteria for sustainable development)

    G-4: Multidisciplinary chestnut research in Europe

    Proposerīs relevant publications related to the research subject

    JUHASOVA, G.: Fungal diseases of Castanea sativa Mill. in Slovakia. VEDA SAV Bratislava, 1999, 190 pp.
    JUHASOVA, G., BERTHELAY - SAURET, S : Health condition of Castanea sativa Mill., incidence of the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica (Murr.) Barr and possibilities for its biological control in Slovakia. Biotechnologia, 1993 1, 20, p. 55-58.
    TOKAR, F.: Production and quality of various tended types of Castanea sativa Mill. stands. Folia dendrologica, 1992, 19, p. 55 - 88.