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Bioeffectors for a sustainable intensification of Agriculture

This article collection has been initiated as an outcome of a satellite session at the "Rhizosphere 4“ conference, held in Maastricht, the Netherlands from 21-25 June 2015. The majority of the manuscripts originate from contributions presented at the conference, promoting the research activities of the integrated EC Project BIOFECTOR, located within the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme (Grant Agreement n°312117), with the aim to investigate perspectives to use bioeffectors of microbial and non-microbial origin to optimise the efficiency of fertilisation systems as more sustainable alternatives to conventional mineral fertilisation. The topic addresses promising approaches but also limitations and future research needs of the investigated strategies.

Edited by: Prof. Dr. Günter Neumann

 

  1. Content type: Research

    Populations of plant growth-promoting microorganisms (PGPMs) inoculated in natural soil typically decline over time due unfavourable biotic and/or abiotic factor(s). Improving subsurface root density may enhan...

    Authors: Peteh Mehdi Nkebiwe, Günter Neumann and Torsten Müller

    Citation: Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture 2017 4:29

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  2. Content type: Research

    Penicillium bilaii may enhance P availability to plants, since it has been shown to increase plant growth and P uptake. There is currently increasing interest in using microorganisms t...

    Authors: S. Sánchez-Esteva, B. Gómez-Muñoz, L. S. Jensen, A. de Neergaard and J. Magid

    Citation: Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture 2016 3:21

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  3. Content type: Review

    During the relatively short time since the discovery of fullerenes in 1985, carbon nanotubes in 1991, and graphene in 2004, the unique properties of carbon-based nanomaterials have attracted great interest, wh...

    Authors: Olga Zaytseva and Günter Neumann

    Citation: Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture 2016 3:17

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  4. Content type: Research

    Low soil temperature in spring is a major constraint for cultivation of tropical crops in temperate climates, associated with impaired seedling development, inhibition of root growth and root activity. In this...

    Authors: Klara Bradáčová, Nino F. Weber, Narges Morad-Talab, Mahmood Asim, Muhammad Imran, Markus Weinmann and Guenter Neumann

    Citation: Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture 2016 3:19

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  5. Content type: Research

    Among other responses, plants tend to increase root growth to scavenge nutrients from more soil when soil nutrient concentrations are low. Placement of fertilizers near seeds or roots facilitates nutrient acqu...

    Authors: Peteh M. Nkebiwe, Markus Weinmann and Torsten Müller

    Citation: Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture 2016 3:15

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  6. Content type: Research

    The objective of this study was to develop instrumental protocols for evaluating physicochemical characteristics of plant biostimulant/biofertiliser formulations. Six formulations (Rygex, Algavyt, Ryzoset, Man...

    Authors: H. S. S. Sharma, C. Selby, E. Carmichael, C. McRoberts, J. R. Rao, P. Ambrosino, M. Chiurazzi, M. Pucci and T. Martin

    Citation: Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture 2016 3:13

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  7. Content type: Research

    In light of the growing interest for eco-compatible fertilization, tomato plant roots were treated with four different strains of microorganisms (B1–B4) capable of positively affecting plant growth. The methan...

    Authors: A. Nebbioso, A. De Martino, N. Eltlbany, K. Smalla and A. Piccolo

    Citation: Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture 2016 3:12

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  8. Content type: Research

    There is growing interest in the bio-refining of foliage grasses to yield a range of industrial raw products. The aim of this research was to evaluate if aqueous extracts from grasses have the potential to act...

    Authors: Christopher Selby, Eugene Carmichael and H. S. Shekhar Sharma

    Citation: Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture 2016 3:11

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