Special Issue "Biocontrol and Plant Growth and Quality Promoting Capacity of Microorganisms—New Perspectives for Agriculture"

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A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Berg
Institute of Environmental Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology, A-8010 Graz, Austria
Website: http://www.ima.tugraz.at
E-Mail: Gabriele.Berg@tugraz.at
Phone: +43 316 873 8310
Interests: microbial ecology; environmental biotechnology; biocontrol

Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Christin Zachow
Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB GmbH), A-8010 Graz, Austria
Website: http://www.acib.at
E-Mail: christin.zachow@acib.at
Phone: +43 316 873 8423
Interests: biocontrol; screening; improvement and application of biological control agents; plant-microbe-interaction; environmental biotechnology; plant-associated communities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant-associated microorganisms fulfill important functions for plant growth, health as well as quality. While direct plant growth promotion by microbes is based on improved nutrient acquisition and hormonal stimulation, diverse mechanisms are involved in the suppression of plant pathogens, which is often indirectly connected with plant growth. Based on these beneficial plant–microbe interactions, it is possible to develop microbial inoculants for use in agricultural biotechnology. Dependent on their mode of action and effects, these products can be used as biofertilizers, plant strengtheners, phytostimulators, and biopesticides. There is a strong growing market for microbial inoculants worldwide with an annual growth rate of approximately 10%. The use of genomic technologies leads to products with more predictable and consistent effects. The future success of the biological control industry will benefit from interdisciplinary research, e.g., on mass production, formulation, interactions, and signaling with the environment, as well as on innovative business management, product marketing, and education. Altogether, the use of microorganisms and the exploitation of beneficial plant–microbe interactions offer promising and environmentally friendly strategies for conventional and organic agriculture worldwide. In this special issue all studies regarding biocontrol, plant growth and quality promotion are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Berg
Dr. Christin Zachow
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • biocontrol
  • antagonist
  • PGPR
  • mode of action
  • plant strengthener
  • biofertilizer
  • biopesticide
  • microbial inoculants

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p. 74-89
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Agronomy 2014, 4(1), 74-89; doi:10.3390/agronomy4010074
Received: 17 October 2013; in revised form: 7 November 2013 / Accepted: 17 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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p. 816-838
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 816-838; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040816
Received: 5 November 2013; in revised form: 23 November 2013 / Accepted: 26 November 2013 / Published: 3 December 2013
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p. 794-815
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 794-815; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040794
Received: 23 August 2013; in revised form: 13 November 2013 / Accepted: 19 November 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 757-793; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040757
Received: 9 August 2013; in revised form: 8 September 2013 / Accepted: 9 September 2013 / Published: 21 November 2013
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p. 732-746
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 732-746; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040732
Received: 18 July 2013; in revised form: 15 October 2013 / Accepted: 15 October 2013 / Published: 4 November 2013
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p. 704-731
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 704-731; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040704
Received: 31 July 2013; in revised form: 2 October 2013 / Accepted: 14 October 2013 / Published: 30 October 2013
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p. 685-703
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 685-703; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040685
Received: 22 July 2013; in revised form: 9 September 2013 / Accepted: 11 October 2013 / Published: 23 October 2013
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p. 648-656
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 648-656; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040648
Received: 1 August 2013; in revised form: 26 September 2013 / Accepted: 8 October 2013 / Published: 21 October 2013
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p. 621-631
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 621-631; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040621
Received: 23 July 2013; in revised form: 10 September 2013 / Accepted: 24 September 2013 / Published: 30 September 2013
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p. 632-647
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 632-647; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040632
Received: 25 June 2013; in revised form: 7 September 2013 / Accepted: 23 September 2013 / Published: 30 September 2013
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p. 583-594
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 583-594; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040583
Received: 31 August 2013; in revised form: 11 September 2013 / Accepted: 12 September 2013 / Published: 26 September 2013
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 595-620; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040595
Received: 21 June 2013; in revised form: 29 August 2013 / Accepted: 13 September 2013 / Published: 26 September 2013
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Agronomy 2013, 3(3), 571-582; doi:10.3390/agronomy3030571
Received: 9 May 2013; in revised form: 2 August 2013 / Accepted: 2 August 2013 / Published: 20 August 2013
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