Point of contact at FEM
dr. Damiano Gianelle
dr. Gino Angeli
dr. Urska Vrhovsek
Sustainable plant protection from pathogens and the conservation of natural soil fertility are of crucial importance for agriculture. The mission of this research unit is to facilitate the phasing out of chemical inputs in agriculture (phyto products and fertilizers), by developing low impact products based on natural and biodegradable microorganisms and molecules, and by providing the knowledge required to prevent diseases and optimize possible actions to adopt an integrated approach to plant protection.
The research work also focuses on interaction dynamics in microorganisms and between plant and microorganisms (microbioma). The approaches adopted by scientists are those of classic microbiology, metagenomics and transcriptomics, with fundamentals of chemistry and metabolomics, plant physiology, and modelling techniques.