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New postdoc will fight diseases in organic tomato production

Published: 05 September 2016

Christoffer Berner has recently started as a post doc in the project "Disease control in organic tomato production – combined biological control with microorganisms and biofumigation". CBC took the opportunity to ask some questions.

In short: What is your project about?

- We want to understand how to use bio fumigation and biological control organisms in a more effective way to combat corky root rot on tomato plants.

What do you hope that the outcome will be of the project?
- I hope that the results of our experimetns can be used as a sort of guideline on how to combat corky root rot in an effective way in organic tomato cultivation.
What did you do before you started working on this project?

- I studied how climate change, specifically increasing water temperatures affect growth and communities of cyanobacteria and heterotrophic bacteria in the Baltic Sea at the Linnaeus University in Kalmar.

When you are not doing research, what do you like to do? 

- When I am not doing research, I try to disconnect from research totally. I like to watch television shows and films, reading comics and practicing Crossfit.

Is tomato your favorite vegetable?

- As a research vegetable, tomato is my favorite, but for eating I prefer asparagus!

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