Weeds cause more economic losses on agricultural lands than all other pests combined. Currently, the most effective means of managing weeds are herbicides, which account for more than 60 % of all pesticides used in crop production.
In recent years biological methods have become known as effective and appropriate ways of weed control. Phytotoxic secondary metabolites from pathogenic as well as non-pathogenic microorganisms can, as a biological product, be a valuable component in integrated weed control programs.
One group of microorganisms largely overlooked as biocontrol agents of weeds is the Deleterious Rhizobacteria (DRB) that can colonize plant root surfaces and suppress plant growth. Many DRB are plant specific, as for downy brome (Bromus tectorum) occurring in winter wheat fields, and others colonize several broadleaf weed seedlings.
On the other hand, mycorrhizal fungi procure beneficial effects on plant growth and health and could provide a good partner for DRB for developing a new product with 2 specificities: one for stimulating crop development and the second for protecting against crop weeds. The development of this new biological product is the aim of this project.
A French company, specialised in development of biological solutions as alternatives to chemical input in plant production and more specifically in technologies for managing mycorrhizal fungi in plant production, will submit a project to the Eurostars call. The company is presently participating in 2 european projects (Eurostars and Eco-innovation) and in 1 project for Mediterranean countries.
They are looking for SMEs, R&D institutions or universities from Eurostars countries with experience in DRB to complete the project.
Deadline for EOI : 15/07/2016
Deadline for the call : 15/09/2016
Type and Role of Partner Sought:
SME, R&D institution or university with expertise in Deleterious Rhizobacteria for product development or upscaling
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