Promoting Root Microbes for Integrated Striga Eradication
The long-term goal of the programme is to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, by increasing the productivity of sorghum: a key cereal crop for food & feed. By engineering soil and plant microbiomes and using a 'systems' approach - looking at all elements
together - the aim is to protect the crop against the parasitic weed Striga.
Microbes can help feed the world
In Sub-Saharan Africa, many farmers have limited access to resources for protecting plants against diseases and securing crop yields for food and feed. Feeding a growing global population will require a substantial agricultural production increase, while natural resources and fertile soils are becoming scarcer every day!
Nature has provided trillions of potential partners that can help to enhance food production with fewer resources. These partners are microbes. Without microbes there would be no plants or animals, as all life depends on them to provide many essential ecosystem services. How exactly can microbes help? Read more here (source: American Academy of Microbiology).
The 5th most important cereal crop in the world. Most varieties are drought tolerant, and it's a major food and feed resource for subsistence farmers - especially in Sub-Saharan Africa
Also known as witchweed. It's a plant parasitic weed that is widespread in Africa, Asia and Australia, where it causes considerable yield losses of several important food crops such as sorghum and maize
The oldest form of life on earth, found in virtually every environment. Essential for life-support functions such as purifying water, breaking down toxic compounds, fighting diseases and promoting plant growth
PROMISE is a 5-year research programme coordinated by NIOO-KNAW
and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
9-10 February 2nd Meeting at
Netherlands Institute of Ecology,