Infectious diseases caused by bacteria and fungi are a significant problem for arboriculture. Dr. Oleksandr Gromyko (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine) investigated the potential for soil bacteria of order Streptomycetales as a natural solution to these problems. In the study “Screening Of Actinobacteria For Activities That Protect Trees Against Bacterial And Fungal Diseases,” Dr. Gromyko identified four strains with particularly strong antibiotic production and salient plant growth-promoting properties.
These four represent a promising platform for development of biotechnological tools to alleviate the burden of microbial diseases in arboriculture. Read more about this remarkable work, partially funded by a Jack Kimmel International Grant, in the grant archives of the TREE Fund website.