Valérie Gravel

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Five bacteria (Pseudomonas fluorescens, P. fluorescens subgroup G strain 2, P. marginalis, P. putida subgroup B strain 1 and P. syringae strain 1) and three fungi (Penicillium brevicompactum, P. solitum strain 1 and Trichoderma atroviride) were evaluated to determine their promoting effect on the growth of mature healthy tomato plants grown under hydroponic(More)
A total of 237 microorganisms were isolated from five different greenhouse tomato growing media. Of those, 40 microorganisms reduced the in vitro mycelial growth of both Pythium aphanidermatum and Pythium ultimum. The ability of these microorganisms to control damping-off was then tested in rockwool. As a result, Pseudomonas corrugata strains 1 and 3,(More)
Soil-bound intensive greenhouse production has been scrutinized for its sustainability due to contamination of ground water by over-fertilization resulting in leaching of nutrients. As environmental guidelines are becoming more restrictive worldwide, and especially in Europe, many greenhouse growers have converted to more sustainable production systems(More)
Over the last decade we have come to appreciate that there are close relationships between all “higher” organisms and communities of microbes. The human microbiome and its role in human metabolism and health, is being widely investigated. In a similar way, plant-associated microbial communities are now coming under scrutiny. Plants have probably had(More)
The effect of indole-acetic acid (IAA) on the development of symptoms caused by Pythium ultimum on tomato plants was investigated using different bioassays. Application of IAA (5 μg ml−1) on tomato seedlings inoculated with P. ultimum did not affect their emergence suggesting that IAA did not affect the severity of Pythium damping-off. However, IAA was(More)
In 1971 McClintock reported menstrual synchrony in pairs and groups of women who spent time together. The two studies reported herein, based on the methods and research design introduced by McClintock, fail to replicate her results. The first study is of a sample of 132 women who were sorority members or roommates of sorority members living on the campus of(More)
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