Intensive agricultural production increases the risk of crop losses through accumulation of plant pathogens in soils. The ability of soils or their microbiomes to suppress plant pathogens is a characteristic of soil health.
For the development of a sustainable crop production a better understanding of how agricultural management practices affect soil microbiomes and soil suppressiveness of plant pathogens is required.
Experiment with lettuce
in the climate chamber
Aims of DiControl:
Study of the influence of intensive and extensive long-term agricultural management strategies on the structure and function of soil and associated rhizosphere microbiomes
Investigation of soil and plant characteristics (e.g. root exudation profiles, plant health, productivity) and their influence on soil microbiomes
Characterization of the complex bacterial as well as fungal community structures and functions using state-of-the-art molecular approaches
Determination of suppressiveness of soils towards soil-borne pathogens under intensive and extensive agricultural management histories
Development of management strategies that support microbial taxa and functions responsible for the suppression of pathogens
Assessment of conflict of interests in the application of new sustainable practices by socio-economic analysis in order to support public acceptance
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