IPN - Instituto Pedro Nunes

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Development of integrated strategies for the prevention of Pine Pitch Canker


To develop integrated strategies for the treatment of seeds, substrates, and irrigation water that may lead to the elimination of Pine Pitch canker, aiming at their implementation by forest production materials suppliers.


With this project, we intend our national Forest production materials suppliers to implement large scale sustainable strategies in order to minimize the risk of spreading the Pine Pitch canker disease while avoiding affecting the seeds germination ability and the quality of the plants.

These strategies will consist of seeds, substrates,irrigation water treatment and also the disinfection of containers, and also the use of alternative pine bark free substrates.

Objectives, Activities and Results expected / achieved

Expected Goals:
This project aims to develop new prophylactic strategies that are able to prevent the dissemination and propagation of the quarantine fungus Fusarium circinatum in nurseries, through the implementation of new disinfection methods for containers, seeds and irrigation water, and through the development of new substrates from materials that do not host the fungus.

With this project it was possible to develop in the laboratory and transpose to the real context several efficient and easy to apply methodologies that focused on the disinfection of seeds, containers and irrigation water, minimizing the risk of infection and dissemination of the fungus Fusarium circinatum. New alternative substrates to pine bark have also been successfully developed, thus also minimizing the risk of the fungus spreading.

A relevant result of the project was the creation of the Technical Manual for Suppliers of Forest Reproductive Material, which is available for consultation and download here.

Project Reference



<a href="https://tinyurl.com/6pbdseju" target="_blank">https://tinyurl.com/6pbdseju</a>

Intervention Region

Coimbra, Lisboa, Matosinhos, Amarante, Alcácer do Sal, Vila Real, Oeiras, Óbidos e Cantanhede (Portugal)

Total Investment


IPN Investment


Total Eligible


IPN Eligible


EC Funding – Total


EC Funding – IPN



54 Months

Start Date


End Date


Approval Date



Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas, IP
Associação de Produtores Florestais do Vale do Sado
Associação de Produtores Florestais de Concelho de Coruche e Limítrofes
Centro PINUS - Associação Para a Valorização da Floresta de Pinho
Biochem Ibérica - Químicos Agrícolas e Industriais Lda
Direção-Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária
Equipar - viveiros florestais Lda
Germiplanta - Viveiros de Plantas, Lda
FLORGENESE Lda. - Produtos e Seviços para a Agricultura e Floresta, Lda.
Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I. P.
Instituto Pedro Nunes
Instituto Superior de Agronomia
Pombalverde - Produção e Comercialização de Plantas Lda
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Viveiros do Furadouro Unipessoal Lda


Pine Pitch Canker;
Fusarium circinatum;
Forest production materials;
Irrigation water;