Institute of Plant Virology
1. Biotic and abiotic stress, plant defence and adaptation mechanisms;
2. Plant disease interactions with other organisms and the surrounding environment;
3. Genetic, epigenetic and molecular approaches to study the biodiversity of the microorganisms that support and protect plants;
4. Diagnosis for plant protection;
5. Sustainable technologies for plant protection.
The merger is still in progress, so, during this transition period, the official web sites of the two previous institutes will be still operational, waiting for the new IPSP website.
The Institute of Plant Virology (IVV) represents the most important and the largest research group in the field of plant virology in Italy. The staff (47 people) is divided into a central Headquarter (Turin) and two Support Units (Grugliasco and Bari). The Institute belongs to the Agricultural and Food Department of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).
The mission of the Institute is to develop research programs about viruses and virus-like agents (such as viroids and phytoplasmas) that cause plant diseases.
The understanding of the molecular basis of viral infection and the study of the interactions among plant hosts, virus/virus-like agents and their vectors are instrumental in defining, validating and applying control and defence strategies against these infective agents, with the aim of improving the quality and the quantity of plant productions and their economic and environmental sustainability.