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Management of Abiotic Stress in Horticultural Crops: Spotlight on Biostimulants

Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Agronomy 2020, 10(10), 1514; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10101514
Received: 22 September 2020 / Accepted: 29 September 2020 / Published: 5 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Horticultural and Floricultural Crops)
Horticultural crops are currently exposed to multiple abiotic stresses because of ongoing climate change. Abiotic stresses such as drought, extreme temperatures, salinity, and nutrient deficiencies are causing increasing losses in terms of yield and product quality. The horticultural sector is therefore searching for innovative and sustainable agronomic tools to enhance crop tolerance towards these unfavorable conditions. In a recent review published in Agronomy, “Biostimulants Application in Horticultural Crops under Abiotic Stress Conditions”, Bulgari and colleagues discussed the main pieces of evidence of the use of biostimulants to manage abiotic stresses in vegetable crops. The intent of this editorial was to focus the attention on aspects related to the stress development in plants (i.e., timing and occurrence of multiple stress factors), in combination with the application of biostimulants. The large number of factors potentially involved in the enhancement of crop tolerance toward stress calls for an intensification of research activities, especially when conducted in field conditions and with well-defined protocols. This must be seen as a mandatory task for a successful implementation of biostimulant products among the available agronomic tools for the management of abiotic stresses in horticultural crops. View Full-Text
Keywords: drought; salinity; nutrient deficiency; climate change; stress tolerance; bio-solutions; fruit and vegetables drought; salinity; nutrient deficiency; climate change; stress tolerance; bio-solutions; fruit and vegetables
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Andreotti, C. Management of Abiotic Stress in Horticultural Crops: Spotlight on Biostimulants. Agronomy 2020, 10, 1514.

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