Funding opportunities for basic and applied R & D is not fully satisfactory and strongly dependent on the nature of each particular topic. Founds come especially from the European Union, the Italian Ministries of Research and University, and of Agricultural and Forestry Politics, and from some local (regional) governments. . Italian researchers collaborate with research teams in other European and extra-European countries through different programs and funding sources.
Plant pathology in the Region Served by the Society 2003-2008
(1 to 3 pages - A Summary high lighting issues of focus and achievements in plant pathology in the region during 2003-2008 and looking ahead to 2013)
Research in plant pathology is carried out by universities, research centres of the Council for Research and Experimentation in Agriculture (CRA, Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura) of the Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Politics, Institutes of the National Research Council (CNR, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), few private research institutes. Some experimentation on applied topics is also carried out or promoted by the national and regional phytosanitary services.
Researches topics include most of the aspects of plant pathology, such as: epidemiology of plant diseases, characterization of plant pathogens, variation in populations of plant pathogens, plant-pathogen interactions, genetic and induced resistance of plants to diseases, biological, serological and molecular diagnosis, biological and integrated crop protection from diseases, ecology and mode of action of microbial antagonists, control of post-harvest diseases, crop protection in organic agriculture, disease forecasting, genetic transformation of plants, contamination of food and feed by micotoxins, sanitary selection, plant sanitation.