Beneficial microbes are a hot topic in an expanding field of global relevance, as many crops produce lower yields than expected because detrimental soil organisms reduce plant vigour and growth. Microbial products are increasingly considered a vital component of crop systems based on ecological principles rather than agrochemicals.

This project builds on our extensive microbe collection to identify beneficial microbes that enhance plant growth or control soil-borne pests (for example, root-damaging nematodes) with view of effective bio-fertilisers for broadacre crops and horticulture.

Location: St Lucia, field trips to research sites in Queensland, collaborating companies (Italy, the Netherlands)

Expected outcomes: insight into microbe-plant-pathogen interactions with industry-relevant research, and collaboration with university researchers and industry practitioners; preparation for a profession in research, industry or government

Supervisor: Professor Susanne Schmidt

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Project members

Professor Susanne Schmidt

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Affiliated Professor
Centre for Horticultural Science