Apart from the strong interdisciplinary expertise within the BIOFECTOR consortium, complementarity is further increased by networking with projects of similar thematic orientation. This approach will largely increase the tested number of bio-effctor (BE) products and thereby the probability to identify successful candidates with mutual benefit for all related projects. Moreover, various members of the BIOEFECTOR consortium are also active within the consortia of the partner projects.
COMPRO II is an integrated project focussed on development of quality standards and screening of bio-effectors suitable for tropical agriculture. The project is coordinated by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria with partners from six African countries with funding by the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”. Interactions with BIOFECTOR comprise mutual exchange of promising BE products for testing, exchange of technology, model soils and field-testing capacities mainly located within the activities of BIOFECTOR WP04 (Abiotic Stress) and WP05 (Organic Farming).
The IMPROVE‐P Project is located within the FP7 ERA-Net COREorganic II programme (www.coreorganic2.org) with the aim to develop improved recycling systems for phosphate (P) use in organic farming. The project addresses perspectives for a more sustainable use of the non-renewable natural resource phosphorus. This includes fertiliser systems based on recycling products, the modification of management strategies towards improved P acquisition and P utilisation and also the application of plant growth promoting bio-effectors. Here the project has strong links with BIOFECTOR, particularly with WP06 (Recycling fertilisers) and WP04 (Abiotic Stress). The close cooperation is further promoted by the fact that both, IMPROVE-P and BIOFECTOR are coordinated at the Institute of Crop Science, University Hohenheim, Stuttgart Germany.
After termination of BIOFECTOR in 2017, various consortium members joined the SolACE project (Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use). The H2020 project aims to identify and test novel solutions to ensure optimum crop productivity under combined water and nutrient stress. BIOFECTOR will contribute bio-effector-based strategies to improve drought resistance and nutrient acquisition of crops by targeted combination with mineral fertilizers promoting stress tolerance.