Maintaining the health of cultivated plants is an enormous societal challenge for agriculture and horticulture. In addition to the qualitative and quantitative assurance of food, feed and raw materials for industrial processing, climate and environmental protection issues are of increasing importance.
We are working on fundamental questions on the potential of inter- and cover cropping and on alternative substrates, such as compost or biochar, for the reduction/elimination of fungal plant pathogens. We also investigate the function of root exudates in plant-pathogen interactions using model systems, such as Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lycopersici and tomato or Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and soybeans. Over the long term our research should provide novel solutions for the sustainable control of plant diseases.
In addition, we work on solutions for current plant protection problems in organic and integrated produced arable crops, vegetables, fruit crops, wine and ornamental plants.
Contact: Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Siegrid Steinkellner
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