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2013 to 2016

Disease-suppressive soils are ecosystems in which crop plants suffer less from specific diseases than expected owing to the activities of antagonistic soil microorganisms. For most disease-suppressive soils the beneficial microbes and mechanisms involved in pathogen control are unknown. Members of the Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, and Actinobacteria were found to be consistently associated with disease suppression. Here we focus on the β-Proteobacteria, specifically on the Burkholderia genus. They exhibit specific activities for plant growth promotion and biological control. Mutagenesis, cloning, heterologous expression and chemical analyses are ongoing to resolve the functions of bioactive compounds and novel gene clusters identified in the Burkholderia genomes.

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Microbiomes

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BEBasic

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