Microbial communities are important for plant health. It is common practice to try to establish supportive microbial environment for plants using additions such as compost, organic matter and biocontrol agents. However, these consists of a largely undefined mixture of species for which quality control is challenging and without any further -on forehand- knowledge on (supportive) interactions. The effectiveness and stability of these mixtures are often unpredictable and variable. A rational design of Artificial Microbial Communities (AMC) in which functional, pre-existing positive (supportive) interactions between individual members are selected to stabilize and ensure the efficacy of the AMC will improve performance, stability and quality control.
|Effective start/end date||20/06/16 → 31/12/17|