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2015 - heute

Implications of soil management practices and application of biocontrol strains on soil disease suppressiveness for improved soil health and sustainable plant production

Cooperation Partners

Prof. Ingo Schellenberg
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)
Prof. Kornelia Smalla
Julius Kühn–Institut, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (JKI)
Prof. Alfred Pühler/Dr. Andreas Schlüter
Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec)
Prof. Günter Neumann
University Hohenheim (UH)
Prof. Anton Hartmann/Dr. Michael Schmid
Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH) (HMGU)
Prof. Manfred Moldaschl
European Center for Sustainability Research (ECS)

Intensive farming strategies can result in substantial yield losses through accumulation of plant pathogens in soil and the occurrence of plant diseases. The ability of soils to suppress plant pathogens is a characteristic of soil quality and health. This ability is mediated to a large extent by the composition of the soil microbial community.

A better understanding of how farming strategies affect soil properties such as the soil microbiome is key to proposing improved farming strategies for sustainable agriculture. Therefore, the project aim is the investigation of the impact of long-term farming strategies (intensive and extensive) on the soil microbiome and its function in terms of soil suppressiveness against plant pathogens. In addition, the associated rhizosphere microbiome will be analyzed considering plant characteristics (model: lettuce).

More detailed information on the project, consortium and related publications are available under the following link:

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