Participant 12: Research Institute of Organic Farming (FiBL)
Chair: Dr. Paul Mäder, Frick, Switzerland
FIBL is one of the world’s leading organic farming research centers, dedicated to sustainable agriculture. Two of its divisions (Soil Sciences and Crop Protection & Biodiversity) combine research and farm-scale dissemination activities with focus on nutrient use efficiency, bio-effector research and assessment of soil microbial community structures.
Tasks: Adaptation and testing of bio-effectors at various scales with special emphasis on applications in low-input and organic farming systems (WP05); developing molecular tools to trace inoculated Pseudomonas strains (WP03); testing the P solubilising effects of bioeffectors in combination with P recycling fertilizers (WP 06); investigation of the ecology of microbial bio-effector strains and their interactions with the native soil microflora, particularly with fungal plant-symbionts (mycorrhiza). As a contribution to the International Field Testing network (WP08), FIBL has access to fields with various soil conditions. The unique long-term DOK system comparison experiment will serve as a reference for bio-effector testing.
Dr. Sarah Symanczik
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Switzerland)
BIOFECTOR is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme | Grant Agmt. No. 312117