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2015 to 2019

There is an urgent need for novel environmentally-friendly approaches to control diseases by soil-borne pathogens as the use of chemical pesticides is strongly restricted by EU regulations. However, biological alternatives like the use of microbial biocontrol inoculants do mostly not give consistent control as these microbes are not adapted to the harsh conditions in soil. The current project aims to steer the composition of indigenous soil microbes, which are adapted to the local environmental situation, in such a way that they enhance natural biocontrol. Manipulation of competitive interactions between fungi and bacteria in the root-environment (rhizosphere) of crops form the basis for the envisioned biological control of root-infecting fungi. Different strategies to steer the rhizosphere microbiome will be tested. Based on the results products and strategies will be made available for growers.

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Disease Ecology

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NWO/STW

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