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MICRO.1 Principles of integrated pest management

Research Domain FUNCT
FUNCT Functional Plant Biology
Research Domain MICRO
MICRO Plant-Microbe Systems
MICRO.1 Principles of integrated pest management
MICRO.2 Beneficial plant-microbe interactions
Research Domain MICRO
BIOINF Genomics and bioinformatics in horticulture
Research Domain QUALITY
QUALITY Plant Quality and Food Security
Research Domain HORTSYS
HORTSYS Next-Generation Horticultural Systems
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Head of RG MICRO.1: Dr Rita Grosch

Environmental stress is responsible for considerable crop yield and quality loss in plant production systems. Plant-associated microorganisms may offer a sustainable means to improve plant health and productivity, e.g. by conferring stress tolerance to both biotic and abiotic stress and by promoting plant growth, but this potential is still largely untapped.

Cooperation Partners

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Location
Country
IDENTXX GmbH
Stuttgart
Germany
Giessen University
Gießen
Germany
Ökoplant e.V.
Ahrweiler
Germany
GHG-Saaten Aschersleben
Aschersleben
Germany
Center for Biotechnology - CeBiTec, Bielefeld University
Bielefeld
Germany
Helmholtz Zentrum München
München
Germany
Julius Kühn-Institut Braunschweig
Braunschweig
Germany
Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS)
Danzhou
China
ARO Ramat
Ramat
Italy
Society for the promotion of privat german plant growth (GFP)
Bonn
Germany

To enable the application of beneficial microorganisms in plant production systems MICRO.1 aims to improve our understanding of plant-microbe-environment interactions. At field scale we study the impact of farming practice on plant health and productivity and how the structure and function of the plant-associated microbiota serves as an intermediary in this process. At laboratory scale we use experimental systems of horticultural model plants to study the interplay between abiotic (especially drought and salinity) and biotic (especially soil-borne fungal pathogens) stress, the plant microbiota and plant health and productivity. MICRO.1 contributes to the overall goal of the institute by advancing our understanding of the impact of microorganisms on plant systems, which may accelerate the development of more sustainable horticulture.

Current Project

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Mass spectrometry-based exploration of plant-associated microbial communities

Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) i...

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Other Projects

Spatial mapping of root metabolites

Plant roots secrete a wide range of compounds that govern the interaction with other organisms in the rhizosphere. In this project, the spatial distribution ...

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Elucidating plant-pathogen interactions at the protein level

Soil-borne pathogenic fungi cause severe losses in crop yield and quality. In Principle, they colonize the plant root surface i...

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DiControl

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

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