Various soil fungi and Oomycetes cause significant economic damage in arable crops and field vegetables.
Chemical control is not always possible, and also undesirable from an environmental perspective. Resistant varieties are not available for all crops and pathogens. By increasing the soil suppressiveness, it is possible to avoid damage caused by soil-borne pathogens. At a high soil suppressiveness, in spite of the presence of germs, little or no damage will occur to the crop. Soil suppressiveness can be enhanced by including green manure, adding compost or other organic materials. Effects are poorly predictable, thereby increasing soil suppressiveness cultivation measures are insufficient deployable.
The aim of this project is to increase soil suppressiveness of economically important soil-borne pathogens through targeted measures and promoting cultivation of antagonistic bacteria.