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2.1 Principles of integrated pest management

1. Research Domain
FUNCT Functional Plant Biology
2. Research Domain
MICRO Plant-Microbe Systems
2.1 Principles of integrated pest management
2.2 Beneficial plant-microbe interactions
3. Research Domain
QUALITY Plant Quality and Food Security
4. Research Domain
HORTSYS Next-Generation Horticultural Systems

Plant diseases are responsible for economically relevant yield losses and detrimental effects on crop quality. Especially soil-borne pathogens that cause root and systemic plant infections present major challenges in crop production.

Currently there is a lack of knowledge upon the response of a host plant to soil-borne pathogens e.g. isolates belonging to Rhizoctonia solani with a broad host range. Hence, the Research Group emphasises the response of both, the plant and the pathogen, in the interaction process at different molecular levels (transcriptome, proteome, metabolome).

Current Project

2017 - 2019

Implementation of a webbased quality- and yield management tool for Asparagus production

Within this project we aim to develop a web based service which del...

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Other Projects

PLantinfect – Colonization of the plant by Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica

Fruit and vegetables are healthy. A major contribution to this comes from microorganisms associated with plants.


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Identification of traits conferring abiotic stress tolerance in crops and model plants

Salinity is one of the most severe abiotic factors threatening agriculture worldwide.


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Elucidating plant-pathogen interactions at the protein level

Verticillium species are destructive vascular wilt fungi with worldwide distribution, causing severe losses in crop yi...

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Control of plant diseases using beneficial microbes under abiotic stress

In their natural habitat, as well as during horticultural production, plants are commonly faced with multiple stresses, like pa...

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Implications of soil management practices and application of biocontrol strains on soil disease suppressiveness for improved so...

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Development of a resistance breeding method for the host pathogen system potato/ Rhizoctonia solani and the development of an application strategy for a fungal antagonist for the reduction of the soilborne and tuberborne inoculums

Deficiencies in potato quality caused by Rhizoctonia solani frequently cause traders and the industry to refuse particular batches. The development ...

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Measures to control fungal infestation on garden cress (Lepidium sativum L.) for production of pathogen-free seeds in organic farming

Garden cress (Lepidium sativum L.) is counted among the five economically most important herbs with the highest sales within the domains of medicina...

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