The press release of the H2020 EXCALIBUR project, coordinated by CREA Agriculture and Environment, has been published: the National History Museum London at work on soil biodiversity towards sustainable horticulture
Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the NHM London team managed to kick off laboratory activities in EXCALIBUR, for the development of modelling tools for biodiversity in horticulture.
The official press release of the H2020 EXCALIBUR project, coordinated by Stefano Mocali of CREA Agriculture and Environment, details the work of the National History Museum London (NHM). The research team is applying cutting-edge technologies for sequencing and characterizing microbial biodiversity in soil and botanical museum collections in order to achieve a better understanding of plant-microbiome interactions. The Museum is playing a leading role in assessing the microbiome - soil minerals interactions, which determine the availability of nutrients for crop plants. An important component of the project is based on NHM’s expertise in managing the database PREDICTS, for assessing how land management and microbial bioinoculants affect biodiversity in agricultural systems. Large-scale soil experiments will allow to discover if and how bacteria and fungi extract nutrients from mineral and make them bioavailable for cultivated plants. The expected outcomes will form a robust knowledge base for an effective assessment of the potential of bioinoculants for economically important crops and sustainable horticultural management in the European Union in the long term.
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