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                                Date             March / 2007                   Valid          May-2-2007


Organization full     Plant Pathology Research Institute,
                      Agriculture Research Center, 12619                                  Contact person:
Organization          Plant path. Res. Inst., Agric. Res.            Title               Professor Dr.
acronym               Center (ARC)
Department            Department of post harvest pathology /         First Name          Saneya
/Sector / Faculty     plant Pathology Research Institute
Address               Plan pathology research Institute/ARC          Family Name         EL-Neshawy
Postal code           12619                                          Telephone           (+20) 202-5724893 / 5855911
City                  Giza                                           Fax                 (+20) 202-5723146
Country               Egypt                                          E-mail    
www address          -----------
Former participation in EU research projects as Co-ordinator         YES           NO

PPOJECT IDEA: Coordination and support action (Novel technologies for post harvest handling and quality of citrus)

Title   Coordination of Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean                  Acronym       ERA- NET
Project type:        Collaborative research


Call identification code: FP7- ERANET – 2007 - RTD
Topic addressed: Food, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Biotechnology-                 KBBE – 2007 – 1 -2- 07

Short description of the project idea: The project frame work will include cooperative work carried onto two
 Title: Development of new technologies for improving post harvest handling and quality of citrus

First is to focus on handling and quality aspects of citrus through introducing advanced technological
methods of postharvest operations at the following sages:
 •      Pre harvest treatment
 •      Harvesting
 •      Transportation
 •      Sortening
 •      Packaging
 •      Shipping
 •      Marketing
 •      Exporting
 Second to focus on controlling post harvest infection of green and blue moulds caused by Penicillium spp. i.
 e. P. digitatum and P. italicum respectively utilizing safe and effective alternatives to chemical fungicides.
   To understand and elucidate the nature of penicillium infection to citrus, the following aspects should be
   -    The biochemical basis of penicillium host specify on citrus.
   -    The proliferation of resistance in the pathogen populations against fungicidal application on citrus after
   The control strategy will include:
   1. Applying antagonists microorganisms in packing house utilizing the yeast based- biological product(s)
   (formulated product) against post harvest penicillium infection.
   2. Achieving high and consistent efficacy of the biological products through conjunction with compatible
        additives as low concentration of certain fungicides.
   3. Applying GRAS compounds in packing house for reducing the development of green and blue mould-
        decay in citrus.
   4. Offering a viable strategy by which combinations of different alternative control methods, whose modes
        of action complement one another, can effectively control post harvest decay of citrus.
   5. Involvement of private sectors who utilize safety and quality analyses through EUREPGAP, HACCP, and
        BRC,… for safety and quality.

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                             Funded by the European Commission under FP6
Keywords describing the           Sustainable production and management of biological resources
                                  from land, forest and aquatic environments:
project idea                        Biological resources                 Novel feeds
                                    Biodiversity                            Novel plants
                                    Genomics/Proteomics/Metabolomics        Plant Health
                                    Bioinformatics                          Animal Production and Welfare
                                    Agriculture                             Animal husbandry
                                    Forestry                                Vaccines and Diagnostics
                                    Fisheries                               Organic production methods
                                    Aquaculture                             Dairy Production
                                    Horticulture                            Tracking and tracing

                                  Fork to Farm: Food, health and well being
                                   Consumer behaviour                     Potable/Safe Drinking Water
                                    Functional Food                         Animal Feed
                                    Nutrition Science                       Chemical Food Safety
                                    Physiology                              Microbiological Food Safety
                                    Food Technology                         New detection methods
                                    Food Processing                         Risk Assessment
                                    Packaging                               Food Chain Analysis/Management
                                    Food Safety                           Pesticide/BioActive
                                                                          Additives/Substance Control
                                  Life sciences and biotechnology for sustainable non-food products and
                                    Biomass production                    Wood-production
                                    Bio-products                            Pollution
                                    Bio-refinery                            Ecology
                                    Bio-processes                           Waste Processing
                                    Fibres (Wool, cotton, novel-bio-


   Research Organisation            University                   SME                  Private sectors as companies
                                                                                      and exporters of citrus

Role to cover in the project
    technology development               research                          training

    dissemination                        demonstration                     other

  Country / Region : Egypt Middle East

Start of collaboration
   Start-up phase                      Mid-term                         End-phase
 Expertise required: Partners with expertise in:

 1- Development and formulation of yeast based – biological products.
 2- Biochemical structures and analysis.
 3- Assessment of post harvest losses in citrus crops and modeling of postharvest system.
 4- EUREPGAP, GHP, HACCP, BRC analysis for safety and quality.
 5- Risk assessment of fungicidal and biofungicidal use

                         Signature: Saneya Mohamed EL-Neshawy
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                                      by email: or fax: 7947807

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                             Funded by the European Commission under FP6