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2015 to 2019

Plant species shape their own rhizosphere community, and on its turn selected soil biota shape the growth and development of plants. By making optimal use of the possibilities offered by specific qPCRs & next generation sequencing, we will characterize the bacterial and fungal community and their main predators (protozoa, bacterivorous- and fungivorous nematodes) in the rhizosphere of five crops. We hypothesize that so far poorly-understood positive effects of relatively simple soil management measures propagated in integrative and organic farming can be explained by ecologically interpretable shifts in the rhizosphere microbiome.

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Microbiomes

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NWO-Green

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