The FarmEVs project centers around plant extracellular vesicle farming. The consortium consists of eight partner institutes led by Garbriella Pocsfalvi from the the National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources in Naples, Italy. The principal investigator for the project at the University of Oulu is Prof. Seppo Vainio.


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European Structural and Investment Funds

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European Research Executive Agency (REA)

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163 000 EUR

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The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Staff Exchanges (MSCA-SE) action is intended for short-term exchange of staff between institutes to develop long-term collaboration and encourage dissemination of knowledge. The FarmEVs is a SE-project between eight different institutes and SMEs, in EU and non-EU countries including Finland, Italy, Slovenia, Egypt, Mexico, and South Korea.

At the University of Oulu, the FarmEVs project is led by Professor Seppo Vainio from the Disease Networks Research Unit at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM). Research teams led by Prof. Vainio from the FBMM, Kvantum Institute, and Infotech Oulu will participate in this researcher exchange.

FarmEVs will suggest a radically new approach to plant extracellular farming systems. Within the One Health approach it will harness organic plant-derived vesicles to revolutionise sustainable agriculture with the aim at a greener, healthier future for all living things. It will set-up plant cell cultures for extracellular vesicle - supported farming. By applying emerging biotechnology it will develop extracellular vesicle - based solutions to increase the viral resistance of plants and the pro - symbiotic activities in legume crops. To achieve these ambitious goals, a multidisciplinary consortium was created including experts from the fields of extracellular vesicle research, biomembrane modelling, plant genetics, plant physiology, virology, molecular farming, engineering and agriculture.

FarmEVs will strengthen the already existing collaborations, create new ones, and provide a solid cornerstone for further research efforts of the consortium participants after the ending of the project. The staff exchange programme for the transfer of scientific skills and knowledge was implemented into the scientific plan and a broad dissemination program with outreach activities were scheduled with the aim to involve not only audience from the academic and industrial sectors, but also a general public, farmers and farmer associations.

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The official kick-off for the FarmEVs was held online March 21-22, 2024.