BCA against fungal root diseases
- Strains of the biological control agents Serratia plymuthica, Paenibacillus polymyxa (also developed in BIOCOMES for control of soil-borne Verticillium wilt in Brassica) and Trichoderma harzianum (also developed for control of Fusarium spp. in cereals), effective against various soil-borne fungal pathogens on roots will be mass-produced and formulated for seed pre-treatment and for treatment of seedlings.
- The potential of the antagonists (and their combinations) to control the relevant diseases Phytophthora plurivora, Fusarium oxysporum and Rhizoctonia solani of important tree species (including beech, oak and Scots pine) will be tested. These greenhouse trials will determine the best biological agents to control soil-borne pathogens, and develop the best inoculation method for establishing the biological control agents in the soil at the same time.
The results from greenhouse experiments will serve as basis for field trials in nurseries with natural infestation by the pathogens. The colonization of seedlings will be monitored.