The production and potential of biofertilizers to improve crop yields

Lesueur, Didier, Deaker, Rosalind, Herrmann, Laetitia, Brau, Lambert and Jansa, Jan 2016, The production and potential of biofertilizers to improve crop yields. In Arora, Naveen Kumar, Mehnaz, Samina and Balestrini, Raffaella (ed), Bioformulations: for sustainable agriculture, Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp.71-92, doi: 10.1007/978-81-322-2779-3_4.

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Title The production and potential of biofertilizers to improve crop yields
Author(s) Lesueur, Didier
Deaker, Rosalind
Herrmann, LaetitiaORCID iD for Herrmann, Laetitia
Brau, LambertORCID iD for Brau, Lambert
Jansa, Jan
Title of book Bioformulations: for sustainable agriculture
Editor(s) Arora, Naveen Kumar
Mehnaz, Samina
Balestrini, Raffaella
Publication date 2016
Chapter number 4
Total chapters 16
Start page 71
End page 92
Total pages 22
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Keyword(s) Rhizosphere
Soil Bacteria
Summary Extensive interactions of plant roots with soil microorganisms affect plant nutrition either directly by influencing mineral nutrient availability or indirectly through enhanced uptake efficiency via plant root growth promotion. Beneficial microbial interactions with roots may be either endophytic or associative and can be symbiotic, mutualistic, or incidental in nature. The increased understanding of the role of root – or rhizosphere –associated with microbes in the nutrition and/or yield of agricultural crops in particular has resulted in promotion of their use in agricultural production as alternatives or supplements to mineral or organic fertilizers. Despite this, there is an obvious lack of market penetration of microbial inoculants. This review specifically focuses on microbial inoculants, collectively termed biofertilizers, used to improve nutrition and yields of grain, legume, oil, tuber, and other crops. A vast number of commercial biofertilizers are available worldwide; however, the quality and efficacy of many of them are not proven or tested. In the absence of efficacious biofertilizers of good and consistent quality, the dependence on the use of mineral fertilizers is not likely to decrease. Thus the availability of high-quality biofertilizers must be priority particularly in countries where crop plant production plays a key role in the economy and food security.
ISBN 9788132227793
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-81-322-2779-3_4
Field of Research 050303 Soil Biology
060702 Plant Cell and Molecular Biology
070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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