October 8, 2015

Final Review Meeting – Vix (France)

The MYCORRAY team met in Vix – France for the last review meeting with EU officers, to brief them on the final results of MYCORRAY project. RTD performers highlighted that all technical outcomes of MYCORRAY project were visible in the current version of MYCORRAY device. Moreover, SMEs expressed their desire to continue improving MYCORRAY device so they can launch it in the near future to the European winegrowing market. Some members of the consortium will work together till MYCORRAY becomes the leading device for the detection of different fungi present in wood vineyard plant samples.

The Project Officer and the External Reviewer provided a very positive feedback on the work done and supplied some useful notes to help the future commercialization and exploitation of MYCORRAY technology.



July 14, 2015

Final Consortium Meeting in Vilafranca

MYCORRAY Final Meeting took place in Vilafranca (Spain) on 7th and 8th July 2015, organized by Bodegas Torres.


A productive technical discussion lead by FERA and University of Florence as well as a demonstration session took part in the meeting. At the demonstration session, which took place on the first day of the meeting, all members of the consortium experienced first-hand how MYCORRAY device works. Moreover, partners had an exciting visit around TORRES facilities where the history and functioning of one largest winegrowers in Europe was explained.

In addition, a review of final administrative and financial issues regarding the associated research was presented by ATEKNEA Solutions Catalonia, S.A. as Coordinator. In this second meeting day the Consortium discussed new ideas for a better and more strategic Exploitation and Business Plan, as well as, the necessary commercialization activities for the future of MYCORRAY technology.

July 1, 2015

Grapevine trunk diseases, a worrying challenge for the world viticulture

Trunk diseases of grapevine are surely of the most recent challanges the growers are facing, but also one of the hardest to overcome.

The spread of the fungal pathogens involved in wood decay, necrosis, consequent malfunctioning of the vascular system is bringing increasing losses as for quality and quantity of production, general decline and / or frequent death of the vines. Losses of increasing relevance are reported by different authors in Europe (Hofstetter et al. 2012, Bruez et al., 2012) in Australia, in USA (Gubler et al, 2005), i.e, in all grape growing countries, and a special meeting was organized by the European network of farmers to call the attention of the European Commission on this increasing problem (

Different fungal pathogens are involved, and different diseases can develop. To be stressed the relevance of this increasing problem caused, all over the grape growing areas, by the same large group of fungal pathogens that can cause disease in strong interaction with the local environmental and cultural factors.

In all grape growing countries research is setting up new tools to prevent infections and to help vines reaction towards the trunk diseases onset, but a lot a basic research is still needed on the pathogens, and the diseases involved. An European network is developing to this aim, aside with the International Council on Grapevine Trunk Diseases ( thanks to a devoted COST action (FA1303 – Sustainable control of grapevine trunk diseases,

One of the factors making these diseases management so complicated is the presence of different pathogens in the same vine, and even in the same wound, often interacting and not easy to distinguish among each other, even for the specialists, by simple visual observation.

Even if the pathogens are different, and are different also the diseases they cause, most of them have two main types of contamination / infection sites in common: the nursery propagation process and the pruning wounds infections.

It is of outmost importance to get as many as possible tools in order to investigate on the initial stages of the diseases, i.e. the infection development both in the nursery and in the field, and the amount and type of pathogens present, in order to really start a new season for viticulture, where wood infections, to be considered as a true risk factor for a long and healthy life of the vineyard, can be strongly reduced, allowing prevention management to be carried out and developed.



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June 29, 2015

MYCORRAY demonstrated in the COST action workshop in Cognac

Last 23rd and 24th of June in Cognac (France) took place a Workshop related to “Grapevine trunk diseases: current state and future prospects”. The MYCORRAY project has been presented by James Woodhall, one of the FERA’s scientist involved in the project, to more than 100 scientists involved on Grapevine Trunk Diseases (GTD) form all around the word.

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Some of the scientist also attend a demonstration event in MERCIER premises in Vix, in where they could see the prototype working, raising a big interest and expectations.

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March 2, 2015

MYCORRAY presented in the COST meeting in Budapest

Olivier Zekri from MERCIER presented MYCORRAY technology in recent COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) action held in Budapest (Hungary) last 26th and 27th February 2015.


The presentation was very well received and has generated a lot of interest among the audience. This positive feedback has given an extra push to RTDs to conclude the validation work pending in the coming months as well as to the SMEs involved in the project to define the Exploitation strategy and route to market for MYCORRAY technology.


February 18, 2015

MYCORRAY in the news

LA VIGNE a French viticulture magazine, in its number of February talks about the MYCORRAY technology.

SME partner MERCIER explains the main aim of the project, the concerns behind the pathogens detection and the progress so far.



February 2, 2015

UNIFI welcomed the MYCORRAY Consortium in Florence

Last 29th January 2015 was held in Florence (IT) the M24 General Meeting of the project. University of Florence (UNIFI) hosted the Meeting which was assisted by all partners. The city known as the “cradle of the Renaissance”, witnessed the progress done so far by the RTDs.

A short demonstration session took place and UNIFI demonstrated to the partners a new complete sample preparation protocol based on a commercial kit than is an alternative than the presented by FERA in previous demonstrations. A last version of the MYCORRAY device and its updated software were also presented.

Now that the reader is fully assembled and fully operative and all protocols and arrays are ready, is time to validate the technology using real samples, comparing its results with the standard methodologies.

Besides all R&D novelties, other issues related to dissemination and exploitation activities were also addressed by the team. To finish the meeting, a fruitful exploitation meeting took place in order to draw the final exploitation strategy for the MYCORRAY technology.

December 10, 2014


MYCORRAY technology has been presented in the VINITECH-Sifel trade fair, one of the main International Tradeshows for the wine, fruit and vegetable production sector that took place last from 2nd to 4th December 2014.


MERCIER and SEDIAG, the two French SMEs involved in the project, presented the MYCORRAY prototype and had the chance to show the technology on-site and to collect stakeholders opinions and expectations on the technology developed.


October 16, 2014

MYCORRAY meets in York (UK)

The Food and Environment Research Agency hosted the M21 Technical Meeting of MYCORRAY project, where not only the RTDs performers met, but also most of the SMEs, as a special Demonstration session was requested by them.


FERA, UNIFI and ATEKNEA presented the latest results gathered and showed the SMEs the complete protocol for sample preparation (including DNA extraction) and the pathogen detection using the developed MYCORRAY reader. SMEs had the opportunity to see in situ the performance of the device and provide valuable feedback to the RTDs on possible improvements.


July 4, 2014

MYCORRAY in Umbria

The MYCORRAY team met in Montefalco (Italy), at ANTONELLI premises, in order to discuss the project progress, with the attendance of all partners.

On the 2nd of July, a short demonstration session took place at ANTONELLI vineyards where University of Florence (UNIFI) demonstrated to the partners how the composite sample should be taken from the vine. This composite sample will be treated following the sample preparation protocol and tested in the MYCORRAY device.


On the 3rd of July, the research team was pleased to present their progress to the SMEs, who were very impressed about the progress done so far. Apart from discussing the results gathered by the RTD performers during the last months, other issues related to dissemination and exploitation activities were also addressed during the Exploitation Board meeting.


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