Microbial consortia that optimize plant growth
|Educational level:||Masters, Bachelor|
For environmental and economic reasons it is desirable to reduce the use of chemical substances in agriculture to a minimum. Crop-plants that do not receive chemical fertilizers and pesticides are very dependent on the microorganisms in their vicinity. These organisms affect plant growth and plant health, as providers of nutrients but also often act as pathogens. For most organisms it is not a question of either or, i.e. they affect plants in both growth promoting and growth inhibiting ways. This dilemma becomes even more pronounced as organisms normally occur in more or less stable consortia. Thus in this project, we aim to design microbial consortia that optimally support plant growth. Our ultimate goal is to apply these consortia in the field and inoculate them in in rice cultures. The project takes place in collaboration with PLEN, Globe Institute and Aarhus University.
|Methods used:||Cultivation of microorganisms. Sampling of microorganisms. Identification of bacteria and fungi. PCR and sequencing. Analyses of soil properties. Others depending on the specific project.|
|Keywords:||Plant-growth , Microbial consortia, Plant-growth promoting bacteria, Symbiosis , Pathogens|