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Improved Crop Health and Establishment using Beneficial Micro-Organisms - HL0167LFV

There is extensive scientific literature characterising the abilityu of naturally-occuring bacterial and fungal strains to promote healthy plant growth when introduced to a range of crops although almost no work has been done on vegetable crops. The mechanisms involved in these responses include the production of plant growth regulators, improved plant nutrition, killing or outcompeting plant pathogens. But this largely reflects results from experimental systems where microorganisms are applied to seed as drenches, slurries or dips rather than commercial application technologies. Indeed, many of these beneficial strains (the non spore-formers) are very difficult to deliver on seeds so that both they and the seed remain viable until sowing time. FV220 has developed effective and commercially-feasible application delivery systems and places the consortium in a leading position internationally to exploit them.
Aim of investigation:
Using primary methodologies, work will:
1) Identify seed-deliverable beneficial micro-organisms that can aid crop establishment and improve crop health in carrot and onion.
2) Obtain growth promotion and establish efficacy data in replicated glasshouse and extensive field-scale trials.
3) Extend industry awareness of their beneficial use.
4) Determine procedures required for future commercial exploitation of seed-applied microorganisms.
Project Documents
• Abstract : HL0167 Abstract   (13k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2003

To: 2007

Cost: £234,500
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Germains UK, Elsoms Seeds Ltd, Horticultural Development Council, Horticulture Research International
Natural Resource Use              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Sustainable Production              
Fields of Study