Expected Results

The project has the following technical goals:
• Long term reduction (80-100%) of copper pollution in agricultural soils following the replacing with the project anti-virulence peptides for the control of the bacterial diseases of plants.
• Improved soil fertility (70%) following the reduction/replacing of copper compounds with the antivirulence peptides
• Increased (100%) specificity of compounds for the control of bacterial diseases of plants.
• Increased performances in the control of the bacterial diseases of plants (45%) for the possibility to apply the anti-virulence peptides in period of plant life cycle critical for bacterial infections but during which copper treatments are not allowed.
• Increased soil microbial diversity (65%) with positive impact on soil biology and on the transformation and dynamic of nutrients.
• Long term reduction (90%) of copper pollution in watercourses
• Reduction (80%) of toxicological impact of copper pollution on terrestrial, aerial and aquatic fauna
• Reduction (100%) of copper residues on fruit and vegetable for human and animal consumption
• Increased quality (40%) of food and feed from vegetable origin with benefits on human and animal health
• Short term reduction (85%) of copper and antibiotic-resistant bacteria in agricultural sites
• Increased (45%) natural competence for suppression against plant pathogenic bacteria and fungi in agrosystems.
• Long term reduction (60%) of the reservoir of environmental antibiotic-resistant bacteria and of their spread with reduction of the risks for the health of humans and animals.
• Reduction (20%) of energy consumption used for remediation processes of copper-contaminated soils
• Increased performances and yields (90%) of biotechnogical synthesis of the anti-virulence peptides in comparison to conventional chemical process.
• Reduction (80%) of the chemical additives used in biotechnogical synthesis of the anti-virulence peptides in comparison to those used in conventional chemical process.

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