Bacterial Ecology Projects

Plant Growth Promotion and Plant-Bacteria Interactomics

Beneficial bacteria can directly promote plant growth, alter root architecture and induce systemic resistance in plants against pathogens. The underlying mechanisms are being studied using a variety of techniques and approaches.

Biological control of Pathogenic Fungi and Oomycetes

When applied to seeds or planting material, beneficial bacteria offer an attractive alternative to currently used disease control strategies. The overall aim is to identify and characterize antagonistic bacteria from diverse agro-ecosystems (Vietnam, Ghana) and to exploit their potential to control important plant pathogens.

Role of Beneficial Bacteria in Natural Disease-Suppressive Soils

Specific soils have been identified worldwide in which beneficial microorganisms protect plants against infections by soil-borne pathogens. The microorganisms and mechanisms involved in this natural disease suppressiveness are largely unknown and will be investigated by microbiological and genomics-based approaches.

Genomics and Metabolomics of Beneficial Bacteria

Genomics and biochemical approaches are used to identify novel bacterial genes, traits and bioactive compounds that play an essential role in the behaviour and activities of plant-associated bacteria, including motility, biofilm formation, root colonization, survival and defense against predators and competitors.