Research Projects (Third party funds)
Innovative approaches to understand complex microbial communities for eco-engineering the degradation of herbicides in stressed agricultural soils
Coordination of the ACCESS EC project: Innovative approaches to understand complex microbial communities for eco-engineering the degradation of herbicides in stressed agricultural soils. A consortium of nine labs from Europe and Latin America. Code: ICA4-CT-2002-10011
A project having as objective to generate a knowledge base for the rational eco-engineering of sites polluted with recalcitrant herbicides atrazine, 2,4-D and analogues.
To understand the roles of complex microbial communities for degradation processes, and adaptabilities of communities to stress conditions we will develop, based on detailed metabolic information, molecular biology tools, to study community functions, interactions and adaptations. Information recruited in model systems will be used in systems of increasing complexity, aiming at the rational manipulation and optimisation of degradative activities, including the contribution of rhizosphere microbial communities.
- Microbial Interactions and Processes - Prof. Dr. Dietmar Pieper