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Microbe induced Resistance to Agricultural pests

Objective

Plants are intimately associated with a diversity of beneficial microorganisms in their root zone, some of which can enhance the plant’s resistance to insect pests. Thus, the use of Microbe-induced Resistance (MiR) to reduce pest losses in agriculture has emerged as a highly promising possibility to improve crop resilience and reduce use of harmful pesticides. European companies have therefore started to develop and market beneficial microbes. However, MiR appears to be strongly context-dependent, with reduced benefits under certain biotic and abiotic conditions and in some crop varieties. Further, it is a challenge to deliver and ensure stable associations of beneficial microbes and plants, and avoid undesired effects on beneficial insects. Thus we absolutely must improve our understanding of MiR mechanisms and context-dependency, in order to improve context stability of MiR and promote the use of MiR for crop protection. Our MiRA project will train 15 ESRs in basic and applied research on context-dependency of MiR, mechanisms, and impacts on plant performance and other biocontrol organisms. We will use this understanding to improve our ability to predict the effectiveness of MiR under different conditions, to select plant and microbial strains with improved context-stability, and to develop better methods for the formulation of microbial inoculants and their application in agriculture. Finally, we will analyse economic prospects and constraints for MiR development and use. To achieve these goals, we have assembled a consortium of 11 academic institutions and 6 companies, including microbial inoculant producers and agricultural advisors, with complementary skills in basic and applied research and innovation. Our ESRs will be trained within this multi-sectoral interdisciplinary network for a future career in research, product and service development in European horticulture and agriculture, pushing boundaries in European research and innovation.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 870 245,64

Participants (10)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
INOQ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Solkau 2
29465 Schnega
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOPPERT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Veilingweg 14
2651 BE Berkel En Rodenrijs
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 265 226,76
Address
Faubourg De L'hopital 41
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments