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Exploiting the genomes of diverse pseudomonas biocontrol strains for sustainable agriculture, to protect the environment and to improve human health by production of healthy food

Exploiting the genomes of diverse pseudomonas biocontrol strains for sustainable agriculture, to protect the environment and to improve human health by production of healthy food

Objective

Success and sustainability of agriculture in the EU in producing healthy food is highly dependent on the suppression of phytopathogens, which cause major crop losses and decrease the quality of food. Biocontrol forms an environmentally friendly alternative for chemical pesticides, which are often harmful for the environment and human health. Pseudomonas is the most frequently used biocontrol bacterium. To be able to understand biocontrol and to come to an efficient application this project will analyse the genomes of four Pseudomonas strains with different biocontrol mechanisms using functional and comparative analyses. The project focuses on
(1) the discovery of novel biocontrol genes,
(2) evolutionary aspects of biocontrol mechanisms
(3) relationships between Pseudomonas biocontrol strains and the human opportunistic P. aeruginosa PAOl and
(4) the development of microarrays for monitoring biocontrol activity in agriculture.

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Coordinator

LEIDEN UNIVERSITY

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72,Rapenburg 70
2311 Ez Leiden

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Paul HOOYKAAS (Professor)

Participants (3)

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COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2002-00914

  • Start date

    1 November 2002

  • End date

    30 April 2006

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 821 971

  • EU contribution

    € 1 567 240

Coordinated by:

LEIDEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands