Summary of the project

OMIBREED is one of three national projects funded by the Ministry of Agriculture to support research on genetic resistance to the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, in olive trees and other species of agricultural interest.

Over the course of its three-year period of activity (2023-2026), OMIBREED will shed light on the mechanisms of plant resistance to Xylella fastidiosa, exploiting the potential of latest generation techniques in the field of ‘omics’ sciences (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, phenomics and epigenetics) to support the use of biotechnological approaches for the crossing and selection of new varieties resistant to infections of the bacterium.


The main objective is to put research at the service of launching crossing programs capable of expanding the panel of plants (genotypes) available with characteristics of resistance or tolerance to Xylella fastidiosa , both for the regeneration of territories destroyed by the epidemic and as prevention tool in areas at high risk of spreading the bacterium.