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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
Publications of PA MICRO, 2016-2019
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

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

Giessen University
Ökoplant e.V.
GHG-Saaten Aschersleben
Center for Biotechnology - CeBiTec, Bielefeld University
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Julius Kühn-Institut Braunschweig
Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS)
ARO Ramat
Society for the promotion of privat german plant growth (GFP)

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

Within this project we aim to develop a web based service which delivers site specific forecasts of soil temperature under the ...

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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

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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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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