From microbial interactions to new-concept biopesticides and biofertilizers
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:
- to overcome bottlenecks in bio-based products application by exploring the ecology of microbe-host interaction at the community level;
- to improve existing microbial biofertilisers by unravelling the biology and exploiting the complementarities of nitrogen-fixing and growth-promoting bacteria;
- to exploit natural molecules to shape plant-beneficial microflora and improve plant resilience to disease;
- to develop novel volatile organic compounds of bacterial origin for the control of soilborne diseases;
- 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