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Resource Preservation by Application of BIOefFECTORs in European Crop Production


BIOFECTOR is an integrated project aiming at reducing the input of mineral fertilisers in European agriculture using specifically adapted bio-effectors. The developed bio-effectors should improve the efficiency of alternative fertilisation strategies such as the fertilisation in organic or low-input farming, the fertilisation based on recycling products and the fertilisers applied directly beside the root. The bio-effectors addressed comprise fungal strains of Trichoderma, Penicillium and Sebacinales, as well as bacterial strains of Bacillus and Pseudomonades with well-characterized root growth promoting and nutrient-solubilising potential. Natural seaweed, compost and plant extracts as well as their purified active compounds with protective potential against biotic and abiotic stresses will also be tested in various combinations. These features offer perspectives for a more efficient use of nutrients by strategic combination with alternative fertilisation strategies. Maize, wheat and tomato were selected as representative crops. Laboratory as well as European-wide field experiments will assure the suitability of the developed products for the various geo-climatic conditions characteristic of European agriculture. The final goal is the development of viable alternatives to the conventional mineral fertilisation practice. These alternatives will contribute to a more efficient management of non-renewable resources (mineral nutrients, energy, water), to preserve soil fertility and to counteract the adverse environmental impact of agricultural production.

Financing/ Donor
  • European Union: 7th Research Framework Programme
(Research) Program
  • European Union: 7th Research Framework Programme
Project partners
  • P 01: University of Hohenheim (UHOH)
  • P 02: Julius Kuehn-Institute Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (JKI)
  • P 03: Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS)
  • P 04: Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine from Timisoara (BUAS)
  • P 05: Corvinus University Budapest, Hungary (CUB)
  • P 06: WUR Plant Research International (DLO)
  • P 07: University of Naples, Department of Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy (DIAAT-UNUNA7a) &
  • The Università of Napoli Federico II (DIAAT-UNUNA7b)
  • P 08: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
  • P 09: Agri-Food Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
  • P 10: Bioatlantis Ltd. (BIAT)
  • P 11: Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)
  • P 12: Research Institute of Organic Farming (FiBL)
  • P 13: DR. RAUPP E. K. & madora gmbh (madora)  
  • P 14: ABitep GmbH (ABI)
  • P 15: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Huettenkalk e.V. (HKKalke)
  • P 16: GABO:mi Gesellschaft fuer Ablauf-Oranisation: millarium mbH & Co. KG
  • P 17: Prophyta Biologischer Pfanzenschutz GmbH (PROPH)
  • P 18: Sourcon Padena GmbH & Co. KG (SP)  
  • P 19: FIBL Projekte GmbH (FIBL-Projekte)
  • P 20: The Agricultural Research Organisation of Israel - the Volcani Centre (ARO)
  • P 21: Agriges s.r.l (AGRIGES)
  • P 23: KomTek MiljØ (KomTek)
FiBL project leader/ contact
  • Mäder Paul (Department of Soil Sciences)
  • Thonar Cécile
(people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
FiBL project staff (people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
Role of FiBL

Research in WP3, 5, 6 and 8 and coordination of WP5

Research area
  • Cultivation Technique Arable Crops (Department of Soil Sciences)
  • Inputs and ingredients (Germany)
  • Knowledge transfer (Germany)
  • Nutrient Management & Symbiosis (Department of Soil Sciences)
  • Plant Protection - Phytopathology (Training)
FiBL project number 10068
Date modified 30.11.2020