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<strong>Main research question/goal</strong><br /><p><strong>What are the viruses infecting food, ornamental and wild Solanaceae in Belgium ?</strong> This project aims to characterize the viruses infecting food, ornamental and wild Solanaceae plants in Belgium. &nbsp;<br /><strong>Do the identified viruses pose a phytosanitary risk for Belgium ?</strong> After identifying a virus and recovering its whole genome, the first questions to answer are: is it already described? Is it widely present in Belgium? Does its presence involve a plant health risk?&nbsp;</p><br /><strong>Research approach</strong><br /><p>Testing, optimizing and standardizing of specific high throughput sequencing protocols allow the identification of known and unknown viruses in any sample. Protocols are adapted for processing of numerous samples. &nbsp;</p> <p>The genome sequence of the newly discovered viruses will be analysed to predict biological features. On selected viruses, complementary assays will be carried out to evaluate the phytosanitary risk for Belgium.</p><br /><strong>Relevance/Valorisation</strong><br /><p>Short term application for federal authorities:</p> <ul> <li>Availability of validated and ring tested NGS protocols for the Belgian diagnostic labs performing potato virus testing.</li> <li>List of viruses infecting Solanaceae in Belgium</li> <li>Preliminary biological characterization of newly found viruses (for reporting to EPPO and EU)</li> </ul> <p>Mid-term application</p> <ul> <li>Significant contribution to EU virome characterization</li> <li>Contribution to decision making when viruses are identified in the framework of trading and commercial exchanges</li> <li>Refining the framework of biological characterization</li> </ul>
Effective start/end date1/10/1831/03/21

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