Swiss Contribution Partnership Block Grant
SI-AMF – Establishment of the Slovenian Collection of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Promotion of their Application in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Protection
Principal Investigator: Dr Irena Maček
Partner: Dr Fritz Oehl (Agroscope, Institute for Sustainability Sciences, Plant-Soil Interactions Group, Zürich, Switzerland)
Duration: 1 May 2012 – 31 October 2013
In the frame of the Swiss Contribution Small Partnership Project the Slovenian Collection of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi (SI-AMF) will be established. Soil inocula will be collected from different terrestrial habitats in Slovenia and pot cultures will be established in order to propagate to propagate, isolate and identify different taxa of AM fungi.
In the frame of the project, several promotion activities will be run, in order to inform general public and specific stakeholders about biology and possible application of AM fungi in sustainable agriculture and in environmental protection.
University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty
Dr Irena Maček
Dr Nataša Šibanc
Dr Klemen Eler
University of Primorska, FAMNIT (associate partner)
Dr Elena Bužan
Agroscope, Zürich, CH (Swiss partner)
Dr Fritz Oehl
Activities during the project SI-AMF (May 2012 – October 2013):
- 31 October 2013: The small book on mycorrhiza MycoWHAT came to life!
- 18-20 September 2013: During a visit of I. Maček to Switzerland a new project proposal with the Swiss Partner Dr Fritz Oehl has been finalised and submitted to the scheme SCOPES (Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland). In March 2014 the grant titled ‘Biodiversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and its importance for sustainable land-use in selected areas of Balkan Peninsula’ was approved for financing by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
- 20-24 May 2013: a research visit of Dr Fritz Oehl (Agroscope, Zürich, CH) at the Department of Agronomy, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana (host Dr Irena Maček).
- 24-25 January 2013: a talk at the symposium New Challenges in Agriculture in Terme Zreče and a paper in the Proceedings of the Symposium titled: ‘Ecosystem services and the potential for the use of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in sustainable agriculture in Slovenia’ by Irena Maček & Klemen Eler
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi form symbiosis in roots of the vast majority of terrestrial plants from more than 80% of the plant families. In this paper, possibilities for management of natural communities of AM fungi in sustainable agriculture in Slovenia were assessed, with the purpose of improving the use of ecosystem services that can originate from arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis (e.g. improved plant mineral nutrition, improved water relations in plants, improved resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, soil stabilisation). For this assessment several maps were drawn using geographic information system (GIS) and different existent data sources (ground water protection areas, nature conservation areas, land use, etc.), showing where in Slovenia and in what agricultural plants the highest potential for the ecosystem services provided by AM fungi can be found. On the basis of the current knowledge on biology and ecology of those beneficial and ubiquitous organisms, the possibilities for the application of AM fungi in agriculture in different areas in Slovenia were assessed.
- 4 December 2012, Biotechnical Centre Naklo, a lecture of I. Maček titled ‘Mysterious networks of soil mycorrhizal fungi and their influence on the development of the terrestrial ecosystems’.
- 9-10 November 2012, Gymnasium Slovenj Gradec and Ekofejst Festival, Velika Pirešica at Žalec, lecture and workshop on mycorrhiza, by Martin Kavšček.
- 7 November 2012, University of Maribor, Faculty of Agriculture, lecture titled ‘Mysterious networks of soil mycorrhizal fungi and their influence on the development of the terrestrial ecosystems’ by I. Maček.
- Launch of the web page: www.mycorrhiza-slovenia.com.
- Establishment of the Slovenian Collection of AM Fungi (SI-AMF) at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana.
- 22 October 2012; University of Primorska, FAMNIT, lecture titled Mysterious networks of soil mycorrhizal fungi and their influence on the development of the terrestrial ecosystems’ by I. Maček.
- 4-7 September 2012; a visit and a lecture of Dr Fritz Oehl on arbuscular mycorrhizas (Agroscope, Zürich, CH) at the Department of Agronomy, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana (host Dr Irena Maček).
- 26 June 2012; an interview of Dr Irena Maček at Radio Slovenia, Program ARS: Voices of the Worlds; Mysterious networks of Soil Fungi listen or download mp3 (only in Slovenian).
- 15-17 May 2012; visit of Dr Irena Maček in Switzerland at Agroscope, Zürich. A visit to the ‘Swiss collection of AM fungi’, and a kick-off meeting with the Swiss partner, host Dr Fritz Oehl.
- SI-AMF – The Slovenian Collection of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (in work)