Research

ELIM

The laboratory of mycology, including the mycothèque (BCCM/MUCL), is conducting basic and applied research in the domain of mycology. Interdisciplinarity is cultivated through numerous international collaborations.

Research thematics

Agro-food mycology

  • Analysis of the role of fungi in food manufacturing processes (brewery, dairy, bakery) and in alteration of  food products (fungal contamination in the production chains).

Agro-environmental mycology

  • Taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology of fungi from natural or anthropized environment (fungal diversity in litter and canopy of tropical forests, in agricultural crops, in insect gut)
  • Study of trophic chain and host/symbiont or host/pathogen interaction
  • Diversity of wood-decaying fungi
  • Role of fungi in
    • Bio-stimulation of plant growth ( potato, maize, banana)
    • Bio-protection of plants against biotic (ex. Phytophthora infestans, Rhizoctonia solani, Mycosphaerella fijiensis) and abiotic (salinity, drought) stresses
    • bio-remédiation of polluted sites (ex. hydrocarbons, heavy metals).
  • Purification and production of fungal bio-effectors

Current projects :

-EU

  • SOLACE - Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use - H2020-SFS-01-2016 (2017-2022)
  • MICROMETABOLITES - Research Training Network on the Microbial Enhancement of Bioactive Secondary Metabolite Production in PlantS - UE MSCA - INT (2017-2021)
  • SYMBIO-INC - Mechanisms of symbiotic incompatibility in the arbuscular mycorrhizal assoication - UE Marie Curie (2020-2022)
  • MixForChange : Mixed Forest plantations for climate Change mitigation and adaptation - H2020 BIODIVERSA (2021-2023)
  • ARISTO - The European Industry - Academia Network for RevIsing and Advancing the Assessment of the Soil Microbial TOxicity of Pesticides - H2020 UE MSCA - INT - EID (2020-2024)
  • MyUpscaling : Upscaling in vitro arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi inoculum production via combinatorial lipid metabolic engineerging of host plants - UE Marie Curie (2021-2024)
  • MIRRI21 : Implementation and sustainability of microbial resource reseach infrastructure for 21th century - H2020 INFRADEV (2020-2023)

- Walloon Region

  • MICROSOILSYSTEM - Reduction of chemical inputs by application of microbial consortia with bio-stimulant and bio-control effects adapted to soil functioning in conventional and conservation agriculture - Operational Directorate for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment (DGO3) (2018-2024)
  • Integrated approach for sustainable management of date palm in Morocco - Research Project Development (PRD) (2017-2021)
  • MYCOALGUES  – Impact des microalgues sur la symbiose mycorhizienne à arbucules et le contrôle des pathogènes de la pomme de terre - Public Service of Wallonia Directorate-General for Operations Economics, Employment and Research - Department of Research Projects -  Regional Projects Directorate (2017-2021)
  • BIOFUNGI - Bio-contrôle des ravageurs phytopathogènes par des souches et/ou biomolécules fongiques à propriétés entomopathogènes encapsulées dans des micro/nanobilles – SPW-DGO6 (2019-2022)
  • ATTRACT AND KILL - Alternative à l'enrobage de semences : Développment d'une stratégie attract-and-kill pour le contrôle des insectes nuisibles en culture de betteraves - SPW - DGO3 (2021-2024)

- Brussels Region

  • CIDESOL : Citoyens pour la Dépollution des sols (2020-2023)

- Fonds de la Recherche Fondamentale Collective

  • Réseau de communication entre plantes mycorhizées lors de l'infection virale - FRNS PDR (2020-2022)
  • The mycorhizobiome : a market place for signals and nutrients exchanges between bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi and their associated plants - FNRS-PDR (2021-2023)

- Institutional sources

  • DIVERCE - Does intraspecific variability modulate the impact of environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystem function? – Projet ARC (2018-2023)

- Other sources

  • Mycologie et développement dans la région des Grands lacs: approche raisonnée et filières de production ex-situ de champignons comestibles, une alternative économique additionnelle à l’exploitation d’aires protégées – Projet de recherche pour le développement (PRD) (2018-2023)
  • Paving the way towards biotechnology and Bioeconomy in Ecuador: Oil polluted ecosystems as a model of microbial diversity and reservoir for bioremediation processes and bioeconomy – Projet de recherche pour le développement (PRD) (2019-2024)
  • Vers une agriculture plus performante et durable au Burundi : application de microorganismes pour améliorer la santé et la croissance des plantes – Projet de recherche pour le développement (PRD) (2019-2024)