BBSRC, on behalf also of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Scottish Government, will soon be launching a call for research to address threats to UK plant health and biosecurity from bacterial diseases.
This call will complement the work of the recently established BRIGIT consortium on Xylella fastidiosa by supporting multidisciplinary studies of a variety of bacterial diseases of plants. Up to £13M is available to fund high quality research projects..
The scope of the call is currently being defined, but research will need to draw on a variety of disciplines to address diseases that threaten crop production, forestry, commercial and amenity horticulture, woodlands and broader biodiversity. To understand the biology of bacterial pathogens and their complex interactions with host plants, invertebrate vectors and the wider environment, relevant expertise will be required in areas such as bacteriology, ecology, entomology, epidemiology, genomics, modelling, plant pathology and social science.
Further information will be published shortly
Contact: Debbie Harding