Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry granted funding for a 3-year project "Improved Fusarium management with new biocontrol concepts (BIOTEHO)". Fusarium species are the most important toxigenic fungi in cereals in Nordic countries. BIOTEHO project aims to discover and develop effective biological control means for the protection against deoxynivalenol-producing Fusarium fungi especially in barley and oat production. Both single bacterial and fungal species as well as mixtures of the selected microbes will be applied as biocontrol agents. Biocontrol means will be applied in different growth phases of oats and barley in order to protect seeds in sowning, grains in the field and after harvest as well as plant residues remained in the field. In addition, the project investigates possibilities to integrate biocontrol means with other practical crop protection approaches. Prospects and constrains, as well as future opportunities of biological plant protection in Finnish barley and oat production will be evaluated.
Biological plant protection is growing globally. It is important to identify, develop and apply biocontrol agents that can survive and act in Finnish crops and environmental conditions. BIOTEHO project crates opportunities for Finnish plant care sector to develop more effective and eco-friendly means to control toxigenic Fusarium fungi in cereal production.
BIOTECHO project initiated in April 2018. BIOTEHO is a joint project in which nine different organisations and companies work together; research partners - VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and The Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) - co-operate with Verdera /Lallemand Inc., Lantmännen Agro Ltd, Sastamala farmers, Brewing Laboratory Ltd, Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (TUKES) and Association of ProAgria Centres. The project is coordinated by VTT Ltd.
Tuija Sarlin, Project leader
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