We localize tagged bacteria in roots, analyze gene expression and functions of genes for cooperation
Molecular plant-microbe interactions
Molecular endophyte - plant interactions, Azoarcus olearius – rice model
Molecular microbial ecology: Diversity and functions of root – associated bacteria
We analyze diversity and functions of microbes by molecular methods and cultivation
Rhizobial symbionts for sustainable agriculture in Africa
We characterize N2-fixing root nodule symbionts to improve sustainable plant production in Southern Africa
NAA – Nucleic Acid Analysis Facility of the Faculty 2
Led by Dr. Rolf Nimzyk, Dr. Thomas Hurek. Illumina MiSeq platform
Our resarch in Southern Africa revealed bacterial species that may help to cultivate the popular African teak tree (Pterocarpus). This is an important contribution to more sustainable local use of the valuable timber.
CATCHY project, part of BoNaRes
The main objective is to employ catch cropping for developing innovative farming systems to preserve and improve soil fertility. We aim to develop a better understanding of cause-effect relationships affecting soil fertility parameters, biological functions and interactions in soil and rhizosphere. This could also contribute to an enhancement of marginal locations. Therefore, the focus of CATCHY is on catch cropping considered as an essential part of an integrated concept. This functional orientation is supplemented with an agronomic and economic management interaction.