Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

BIOFECTOR

Improving the resistance of legume crops to combined abiotic and biotic stress


Project Acronym: BIOFECTOR

Title of project: Plant growth-promoting bio-effectors (microorganisms and active natural compounds) for alternative plant nutrition strategies in non-leguminous crops

Project Call Identifier: FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage

Funding scheme: CP

EC contribution €: 5 999 821.00

Project Number: 312117

Duration: 60 months

Project start date: September 2012

Project Abstract:

Resource Preservation by Application of BIOefFECTORs in European Crop Production

Meeting the increasing food demands of a growing world population in the face of limited productive agricultural land is one of the big challenges for the coming decades. Resource-saving strategies and land-use intensification demand viable plant nutrition strategies in crop production as alternatives to the prevailing use of mineral fertilisers, mainly obtained from non-renewable natural resources. BIOFECTOR is an integrated project that aims to develop such innovative crop nutrition strategies through novel approaches to the use of so-called bio-effectors, based on living microorganisms and active natural compounds.

The microbial bio-effectors under investigation by BIOFECTOR comprise various fungal and bacterial isolates with well-characterised root growth-promoting and nutrient-solubilising potential. They include natural extraction products of seaweed, compost and plant extracts, as well as their purified active compounds. After laboratory tests, these bio-effectors will be developed and evaluated for major crops such as maize, wheat and tomato in a ‘European Field Testing Network’ over five years.

The final goal of the project is the development of bio-effector products that increase the productivity of organic and low-input farming systems. This involves boosting the efficiency of recycling fertilisers and of nutrient-placement strategies close to the roots of crop plants.

The strategic combination of the various alternative fertilisation approaches with specifically adapted bio-effector products under diverse European geo-climatic conditions provides a promising tool to overcome limitations in nutrient availability. As such, the project will contribute to more sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural production in Europe, with reduced use of agrochemicals.

Led by the University of Hohenheim, Germany, BIOFECTOR involves a large international consortium of scientists and experts drawn from 22 academic and industrial partners.

Website of project: http://biofector.agrobiology.eu

Project Coordinator:

  • DABBERT Stephan
  • af@zentrale.uni-hohenheim.de
  • UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM (DE)

Partners:

  1. UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM (DE)
  2. JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN (DE)
  3. CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERZITA V PRAZE (CZ)
  4. UNIVERSITATEA DE STIINTE AGRICOLE SI MEDICINA VETERINARA A BANATULUI DIN TIMISOARA (RO)
  5. BUDAPESTI CORVINUS EGYETEM (HU)
  6. STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK (NL)
  7. UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II. (IT)
  8. KØBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET (DK)
  9. AGRIFOOD AND BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE (UK)
  10. BIOATLANTIS (IE)
  11. HOCHSCHULE ANHALT (DE)
  12. FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHENLANDBAU STIFTUNG (CH)
  13. MADORA GMBH (DE)
  14. ABITEP GMBH (DE)
  15. ARBEITSGEMEINSCHAFT HUTTENKALK EV (DE)
  16. GABO:MI GESELLSCHAFT FUR ABLAUFORGANISATION:MILLIARIUM MBH & CO
    KG GAB O (DE)
  17. PROPHYTA BIOLOGISCHER PFLANZENSCHUTZ GMBH (DE)
  18. SOURCON-PADENA GMBH & CO KG (DE)
  19. FIBL PROJEKTE GMBH (DE)
  20. THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE (IL)
  21. AGRIGES (IT)
  22. KOMTEK SOLUTIONS APS (DK)