Short CV of Christian Steinberg

Christian Steinberg is a research scientist in soil microbial ecology at the "National Institute of Research on Agronomy" (INRA) in the mixed unit INRA-University of Burgundy, at Dijon (France). This mixed unit deals with microbiology of soil and environment and includes five teams ( C. Steinberg is actually leading the team "Impact of Agricultural Practices on the Ecology of Phytopathogenic Fungi and Soil Health". To identify (bio)indicators of soil health, an ecosystemic approach is used considering
(i) microbial and microfaunal communities to measure the response of the microflora in relation to the pathogenic populations towards agricultural practices,
(ii) populations to evaluate the infraspecific biodiversity of the fungi and explain the occurrence and developments of diseases, as well as to formulate hypothesis concerning the traits of life and the evolution of the species of interests,
(iii) models (Fusarium oxysporum, Rhizoctonia solani) to elucidate the ecological requirements and mechanisms governing the saprophytic development of these fungi in the soil, to understand the interaction between the plant, the pathogenic and the non pathogenic fungi.

C. Steinberg joined the IOBC WG "Multitrophic Interactions in Soil" when it was established after an exploratory meeting on interactions in the soil in 1999 at Bonn. He was the organiser of the WG meeting at Dijon in 2007.