Volterra visits UVA

VolterraNews MycoRestore

The Volterra team visited the UVA laboratories to collect audiovisual material about their collaboration with the LIFE MycoRestore project. In the coming months, short videos will be published explaining the details of the work carried out by these researchers to find ways to combat forest diseases through the use of mycological resources.

Tenebrio molitor, an insect similar to Cerambyx welensii, used to tests the insecticidal capacity of some fungal species.
This fungus, isolated and placed to colonise these small wooden stakes, has proved effectiveness combating the pathogenic fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, which causes chestnut blight. These stakes, colonised by the beneficial fungus, will be introduced into the trunk of trees in the area affected by the disease in an attempt to control it through biological means.
Liquid culture to reproduce fungal species that can act as biocontrol agents.
Fungi extracted from the field and isolated by UVA to study their ability to act as biocontrol agents.
Chestnut seedlings inoculated at the same time with the pathogenic fungus Cryphonectria parasitica and the fungal species that have demonstrated their ability to combat it. This is the second test phase after putting both types of fungi in Petri dishes to observe how they interact.