Project Details

Description (abstract)

Various types of microbes, such as mycorrhizal fungi and N-fixing bacteria, living in the plant rhizosphere can be applied as inoculants to improve plant growth and vigor. Even household compost material can have properties that enhance plant health. Although the ability of some rhizosphere and compost microbes is known to reduce plant stress against some abiotic and biotic factors, a mechanistic understanding for such effects is scanty. In this project we aim at testing the ability of various compost products derived from India and Finland to reduce plant stress. We also explore the possibility to trap and grow beneficial microbes in the rhizosphere of selected plant species (biotrapping approach). We apply molecular methods to screen microbial diversity and taxon composition in the selected compost materials. Pot experiments with tomato and cucumber are conducted to investigate the efficacy of the microbes in the compost materials to suppress the growth of the root pathogens Fusarium and Phytophtora.

The study is funded by the Academy of Finland and conducted in cooperation with Agrifood Finland (Dr Mauritz Vestberg, project coordinator) and researchers from the TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi) and Pantnagar University of Agriculture & Technology, India.
Effective start/end date01/02/200830/06/2011


  • Unknown funder: €103,200.00