Novel Approaches for Plant Health Monitoring
PlANT HEalth mOnitoriNg

Agriculture must adjust to future
climate change already pushing growers to constantly try to monitor plants’
health to offset yield losses. To reduce yield losses and facilitate effective
management practices constant and precise monitoring of plant health is
essential. Current monitoring approaches fall short in fulfilling early detection of
physiological perturbations that could threaten productivity and make corrective
interventions possible. 

In PANTHEON, our major goal is to establish approaches with unprecedented precision and sensitivity for constant monitoring of plant health focusing on Brassicaceae and Grapevine. These are important annual and perennial species, respectively, for the EU economy and among the most valuable crops in the world. We will develop remote sensing coupled with spectroscopy-based approaches allowing high spatialization of results during abiotic stress and pest diseases. We will complement these approaches with biochemical, serological and DNA-based methods combined with integrated platforms for the label-free, fast and sensitive analysis of the target species in the field with a mobile phone. In parallel, we will establish computational approaches to manage monitoring data and provide predictive algorithms for plant’s health and yields.

PANTHEON comprises eight academic partners (EU and associated countries), one within Third Countries and two non-academic partners. Academic institutions, nurseries and other private sectors will be recipients of the novel knowledge obtained. The approaches that will be developed can be adapted for monitoring the health of any important plant species, apart from Brassicaceae and Grapevine. Finally, PANTHEON is endowed with significant training activities for the training of next generation of researchers to meet the growing demands of Academic and Industry settings.

Our approaches will be important for academia as they will provide new protocols and approaches for experimental determination of stress adaptation mechanisms and disease resistance. Industrial partners will benefit from the project as they will obtain know-how on plant stress monitoring and new applications.

The PANTHEON partnership

Foundation of Research and Technology, HELLAS FORTH, GREECE

Centre of Research, Experimentation and Formation in Agriculture

University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne URCA FRANCE

Center of Biotechnology-Borj Cedria CBBC, TUNISIA

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad FUM, IRAN

Washington State College, WSU USA

CheMa Laboratories CHEMA, GREECE

Advanced Wave Sensors AWS, SPAIN