The Centro de Citricultura (Acronomy: CCSM) has the headquarter in the city of Cordeiropolis, Sao Paulo State. This research center is affiliated to the Instituto Agronômico (IAC) whose primary role is to developed research and products on citrus on phytopathology, breeding, nutrition, horticulture, and biotechnology areas . Another partneris the Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (Acronomy: ESALQ – Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz”) of University of São Paulo (USP), a public university of São Paulo State, located in the city of Piracicaba, Brazil, 40 km far from Cordeiropolis, which is dedicated to high quality research, teaching and extension in Agricultural, Biological, Environmental and Social Sciences.
Role in the Project
The CCSM roles are focus on studies of biology and genetic diversity of X. fastidiosa infecting olive plants in southeast Brazil as well as also to test the susceptibility of different olives cultivars for the X. fastidiosa infection and colonization. The ESLAQ roles are focus to determine faunistic indices (diversity, frequency, constancy and
dominance) of Cercopoidea and Cicadellinae species, as well as patterns of seasonal occurrence of the prevalent species in olive orchards located at different altitudes (and temperature regimes) in southeastern Brazil, and identify potential vectors of X. fastidiosa
in that region. These information will be fundamental to determine both the key strain(s) and vector(s) associated with olive quick decline in olive orchards in southeastern Brazil. Knowing the range of X. fastidiosa strains and vectors associated to OQD and potential hosts tolerance are important for the places around the world where olives are grown.