From microbial interactions to new-concept biopesticides and biofertilizers


Funding: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network

Coordinator: Ilaria Pertot - C3A (University of Trento)

Timeframe: 01.12.2016 - 30.11.2020

INTERFUTURE will train a new generation of scientists with complementary and interdisciplinary skills in MICROBIOLOGY, PLANT PATHOLOGY, ENTOMOLOGY, ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. 
The main objectives of the research projects are:

  1. to overcome bottlenecks in bio-based products application by exploring the ecology of microbe-host interaction at the community level;
  2. to improve existing microbial biofertilisers by unravelling the biology and exploiting the complementarities of nitrogen-fixing and growth-promoting bacteria;
  3. to exploit natural molecules to shape plant-beneficial microflora and improve plant resilience to disease;
  4. to develop novel volatile organic compounds of bacterial origin for the control of soilborne diseases;
  5. to design and develop innovative insect traps and trapping strategies based on the activity of kairomones produced by microorganisms.

Network Partners: Fondazione Edmund Mach (Coordinator), Italy; University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France; University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , Austria; University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; University of Molise, Italy; Desarrollo Agrícola y Minero, S.A., Spain; BIOBEST, Belgium; BIPA NV, Belgium; INOQ GmbH, Germany; and Azotic Technologies Ltd, UK.

More info: INTERFUTURE project website