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09.2020 - 08.2023

Integration of microbial inoculants and bioactive plant materials to optimize soil microbiology and the productivity of legume-based cultivation systems (BioactMOs)

Cooperation Partners

University of Buea

The joint BioactMOs project funded in the Framework of the BMBF´s (Federal Ministry of Research and Education) strategy to the Internationalization of Education, Science and Research in Africa call “BMBF Research Partner Groups for Alumni”, aims to improve the scientific collaboration and to strengthen research and innovation in Africa. With this project, in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), a rhizosphere research group is to be established at the University Buea (UB) in Cameroon. This uniquely integrates various bio-management strategies (e.g. use of bioactive plant materials and beneficial microorganisms) in agricultural and food production systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The research priorities of BioactMOs focus on identifying and promoting the effective use of beneficial endophytes and PGPRs, and to develop a biological soil fertility management and crop protection strategy, which is adapted for farmers to sustainably manage major abiotic (nutrient deficiency, salinity, and drought) and biotic (pests and diseases) constraints in arable systems while fostering North-South collaboration for scientific innovation and knowledge transfer. Specifically the project aims (i) to select synergistic beneficial microorganisms for the production of biological preparations based on plant growth-promoting traits; (ii) to combined use various bio-organic preparations to increase plant health and yield (e.g. Piper guineanse, Mucuna and Tithonia); (iii) to improve knowledge of the functional mechanisms and environmental factors that facilitate the persistence of endophytic fungi / PGPB strains and bio-organic changes.

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