ProjectZeroParasitic – Innovative Lösungen zur Bekämpfung von parasitischen Pflanzen: Präventive und integrative…

Basic data

Innovative Lösungen zur Bekämpfung von parasitischen Pflanzen: Präventive und integrative Strategien zur Verhinderung in mediterranen Feldbausystemen
01/07/2019 to 30/06/2022
Abstract / short description:
ZeroParasitic is a three-year project, aiming to deliver innovative sustainable solutions to overcome broomrape plant parasitism in key Mediterranean cropping systems. Genetic and molecular approaches will be used at three critical levels to gain new insights on potential regulatory targets of the infection: the broomrapes per se, the host plants and their interaction (host-parasite). Research will target two of most important Med crops such as industrial tomato and faba beans. Surveillance tools utilizing remote and satellite images will be employed for monitoring and large-scale parasitism documentation. Innovation tools will consist of molecular approaches for screening and identification of tolerant/resistant hosts and hormone host-parasite interactions. Deciphering the molecular basis for resistance utilizing pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and other defense-triggering molecules aiming to support breeding of resistant host plants. Solutions will be integrated in an integrated pest management (IPM) context targeting several innovations such as prevention, biological/non-chemical approaches, and other IPM strategies. Agronomic practices will be scientifically supported by a validated Decision Support System (DSS) across various Med locations and farming systems. Solutions will be socioeconomically evaluated, implemented and disseminated in a participatory way. Solutions will be highly accessible via an innovative web platform designed to satisfy requirements of a wide range of end-users.
Parasitische Pflanzen
Vicia faba

Involved staff


Albert, Markus
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science

Local organizational units

Plant Biochemistry Research Group at ZMBP
Department of Pharmacy and Biochemistry
Faculty of Science
Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP)
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science


Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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