The project has been granted with 60 samples to use in vineyards. 30 will be used in conventional fields and 30 in organic fields.
The project will establish farming networks in Switzerland, in vineyards, and will the impact of land use and soil pesticide residues on the soil and plant root microbiome. They will select for each network 10-30 fields under organic management and 10 – 30 fields under conventional management. Soil and plant roots will be selected. DNA will be isolated and fungal and bacterial communities will be assessed. Subsequently, it will be tested which factors (e.g. land use, soil characteristics, fertilization, pesticide residues) influence microbial community traits (richness, microbial network characteristics).