Monitoring of cereal virus and virus-like diseases for prevention through
regional detection and quarantine systems
Leafhopper-borne (e.g. Maize yellow stripe virus (MYSV) and aphid-borne (e.g. Barley yellow dwarf
(BYDV) viruses cause frequent disease outbreaks in maize, sorghum, wheat and barley in Egypt,
Israel and Jordan. We aim at assisting the cereal industry to produce virus-free. For this we plan to:
Develop diagnostic tools of cereal virus and virus-like diseases based on ELISA, multiplex PCR and microarrrays.
- We will produce antibodies using virus coat protein antigens expressed in bacteria.
- We will develop a 70-mer oligonucleotide microarray for diagnosis of cereal pathogens.
- Monitoring the occurrence of viruses and their insect vectors in fields of maize, wheat, barley, sorghum and other cereals.
- Manage outbreaks through a quarantine network
- Establish a web-based database of viruses affecting cereals in the Middle East (characteristics, diagnostic means, genotypes tested for resistance).
- Exchange scientists and students, allow the flow of information among partners to ensure fast implementation from the lab to the field; all will be instrumental in consolidating the Peace Process in the region