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Microbial fixation of atmospheric nitrogen for staple food crops

Objective

The heavy use of inorganic fertilisers in arable farming has led to serious environmental problems. Organic farming methods require inputs of large volumes of organic material and yields do not compete with conventional farming. This project will research and develop new N-fixing bacterial inoculants for cereal crops, which can substitute inorganic fertilisers or add value to organic fertilisers. inoculants are established for legumes, but no equivalent for non-legumes is available. Some recently discovered strains do interact with cereal plants, but they are vulnerable to high losses during storage and application. The project will isolate and test new strains as well as researching various delivery modes, including compost and microencapsulation, which will improve the survival of the bacteria during storage and application.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Address
Schloss 1
70599 Stuttgart
Germany

Participants (5)

AGRON, AGROCHEMICALS DEVELOPMENT MARKETING, LTD
Israel
Address

76121 Rehovot
BIO-GEN ALKALMAZOTT TAALJBIOLOGIAI KUTATO KFT
Hungary
Address
Kossuth Lajos Utca, 19
8300 Tapolca
DALGETY ARABLE LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Cheveley House, Fordham Road
CB8 7XN Newmarket
ECOLE NATIONALE D'INGNIEURS DES TECHNIQUES DES INDUSTRIES AGRICOLES ET ALIMENTAIRES
France
Address
Domaine De La Gtraudifre
44322 Nantes
ECOWORK LABORATORIES CONSULTING GESMBH
Austria
Address
Laengenfeldgasse, 27B
1120 Wien