Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) combines fundamental research programs in agriculture (Innovation and Research Centre, CRI), applied research activities and extension services (Technology Transfer Centre, CTT). The extension service advices approximately 25,000 ha of fruit and grape production. FEM boasts long experiences in promoting IPM guidelines, reduction of chemical pesticides, chemical ecology and biocontrol of plant pest and pathogens. A strain of Trichoderma atroviride (SC1) and a resistance inducer were recently patented by FEM for the use against grapevine pathogens. Grapevine genome was recently sequenced by FEM. FEM competences include: pest/pathogen epidemiology; selection, identification and characterization of BCAs; modes of action; evaluation of activity, consistency, and constraints under commercial field conditions; identification of insect semiochemicals, plant volatiles and metabolites involved in host-plant selection and oviposition site selection by insects; integration of chemical and biological control measures in IPM; evaluating long-term ecological and economical impacts of IPM strategies; environmental effects on BCAs and pest/diseases and agronomy. The group has developed or improved several disease models and DSS (i.e. Coptimizer, Firefight, Pestcon).

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE