The “Julius Kuehn-Institute (JKI)” is an independent research institution subordinated to the “Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection”. Its main task is to advise the German Federal Government concerning issues of crop production, soil science, plant breeding, plant protection, plant health and biological safety.
The group has long-term expertise in the field of microbial ecology of agro-ecosystems and pioneered DNA-based methods for studying complex interactions between plants and microorganisms in the root-soil interface (rhizosphere). These novel tools were applied to study the diversity of microorganisms depending on the soil type, the plant species and cultivar, agricultural practice and their response to bio-effectors and pathogens.
Tasks: Main contribution to WP01 and WP03 by characterizing the composition of microbial communities in the rhizosphere, influenced by the application of bio-effectors.
Julius Kühn Institut Braunschweig (Germany)
BIOFECTOR is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme | Grant Agmt. No. 312117