The Soil Biology Group cooperates with many, among whom the following partners.

Sustainable Land Use programme

Within the Environmental Sciences Group, Soil Biology contributes to the Sustainable Land Use programme through supporting ideas and collaboration on sustainable production systems. Sustainable Land Use ensures a fair and balanced distribution of land, water, biodiversity and other environmental resources between the various competing claims, in other words, to secure human needs now and in the future. Soil Biology contributes to the Sustainable Land Use programme through collaboration on projects such as AFER and Micronutrients for better yields.



The Soil Biology group closely collaborates with Wietse de Boer of NIOO-KNAW: "Most of the research projects in which I am involved deal with interactions of microbes in soils, in particular between fungi and bacteria. Interactions between fungi and bacteria play an important role in ecosystem functions such as organic matter decomposition and plant nutrition and also lie at the basis of control of diseases caused by soil-borne pathogenic fungi.

The studies range from simple model studies with emphasis on elucidation of mechanisms, to field studies where the aim is to understand the role of interactions on the functional output of complex microbial communities.

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Major basic topics in my research are:

  1. Competitive interactions between fungi and bacteria
  2. Feeding of bacteria on fungi

Applied research projects based on these basic topics deal with:

  1. Discovery of novel antibiotics
  2. Enhancing natural biocontrol of soil-borne crop diseases"



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