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Euphresco project: Reliable detection of pathogens in soil


  • Research Name Euphresco project: Reliable detection of pathogens in soil
  • Timeline 2020 - 2022
  • Topic DNA extraction from soil

Euphresco project: Reliable detection of pathogens in soil

Euphresco call 324 of 2019 resulted on the establishment of the project: Reliable detection of pathogens in soil.

A project with 13 partners from Europe and Mediterranean region and beyond where expertise is exchanged to contribute to the Euphresco Objective 2017-R-5.2: develop and validate high-throughput DNA extraction methods.

Within this project ClearDetections will contribute to its main goals which are:

  • to validate protocols for the extraction of total nucleic acid from specific soil borne pathogens such as Phytophtora spp., Fusarium spp., Pythium spp., Rhizoctonia spp., Agrobacterium spp., Meloidogyne spp., Globodera spp.
  • to validate the use of large volumes of soil (>100 g) for total nucleic acid extraction with different types of soil, and validate the suitability of the total nucleic acid to be used for molecular testing (real-time PCR or barcoding)
  • to compare the sensitivity of the bioassay and of the molecular tests

By being a part of this project ClearDetections ensures a key position within Plant Health stakeholders and actively contributes to bring to the community better DNA extraction tools that will improve plant health diagnostics by molecular tools.


  1. Naktuinbouw, the Netherlands
  2. Agence Nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (ANSES) (France)
  3. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Marine, (DAFM) (Ireland)
  4. Ministry of Agriculture, Plant Biosecurity, Plant Protection and Inspection Services, (MOAG) (Israel)
  5. Agricultural Research and analysis of the Economy Council, (CREA) (Italy)
  6. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, (KIS) (Slovenia)
  7. The National Federation of seed potato growers, (FN3PT) France
  8. Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University (Kyrgyzstan)
  9. University College Dublin, (UCD) (Ireland)
  10. ClearDetections (Netherlands)
  11. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), New Zealand
  12. Pedro Nunes Institute, (IPN) Portugal
  13. National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine, (NAAS) Ukraine


For more information, go to the project website: