kick-off meeting FarmEVs: Extracellular Vesicles Farming


FarmEVs Horizon Europe MSCA Staff Exchange project
FarmEVs Horizon Europe MSCA Staff Exchange project

Funded by the Horizon Europe, EU's key funding programme for research and innovation under Grant Agreement Nº 101131175, the FarmEVs project was officially kicked-off on 21st -22nd March 2024 in a meeting with a high scientific and institutional participation, taking on the challenge of establishing plant extracellular farming systems within the One Health approach. FarmEVs consortium is coordinated by CNR and composed of 8 partners from 6 countries.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of an international consortium and the support of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, the 4-year FarmEVs project will harness organic plant-derived vesicles to revolutionise sustainable agriculture, creating a greener, healthier future for all. It will setup plant cell cultures for extracellular vesicles farming and by applying emerging biotechnology it will develop EV-based solutions to increase the viral resistance of plants and the pro-symbiotic activities in legume crops.

To achieve the above goals, a multidisciplinary consortium that integrates a broad expertise ranging from EV research, biomembrane modelling, plant genetics, plant physiology, virology, molecular farming, engineering and agriculture has been created. The project will strengthen the already existing collaborations, create new ones, and provide a solid cornerstone for further research efforts of the consortium participants after the ending of the project. An ambitious staff exchange programme for the transfer of scientific skills and knowledge was implemented into the scientific plan and a broad dissemination program and outreach activities were scheduled aiming to involve not only audience from the academic and industrial sector, but also a general public, farmers and farmer associations.

The EU Contribution to the project is €1,021,200.00. Other beneficiary partners of the FarmEVs consortium are the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Oulu (Finland), Lehtosarvi farm (Finland) and ImmunoVeg s.r.l. (Italy) together with its associated partner, Università di Napoli Federico II. The project benefits from the participation of three non-European partners, Damanhour University (Egypt), Kyung Hee University (South Korea) and l Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (Mexico) that received exceptional EU funding because of their fundamental roles within the project.

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Per informazioni:
Gabriella Pocsfalvi
CNR - Dipartimento Scienze bio-agroalimentari
Via Pietro Castellino 111

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