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Next-Generation Bio-Products Sowing the Seeds of Success for Sustainable Agriculture

Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB GmbH), Petersgasse 14, Graz 8010, Austria
Institute of Environmental Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology, Petersgasse 12, Graz A-8010, Austria
KWS SAAT AG, Grimsehlstraße 31, Einbeck D-37555, Germany
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Agronomy 2013, 3(4), 648-656;
Received: 1 August 2013 / Revised: 26 September 2013 / Accepted: 8 October 2013 / Published: 21 October 2013
Plants have recently been recognized as meta-organisms due to a close symbiotic relationship with their microbiome. Comparable to humans and other eukaryotic hosts, plants also harbor a “second genome” that fulfills important host functions. These advances were driven by both “omics”-technologies guided by next-generation sequencing and microscopic insights. Additionally, these new results influence applied fields such as biocontrol and stress protection in agriculture, and new tools may impact (i) the detection of new bio-resources for biocontrol and plant growth promotion, (ii) the optimization of fermentation and formulation processes for biologicals, (iii) stabilization of the biocontrol effect under field conditions, and (iv) risk assessment studies for biotechnological applications. Examples are presented and discussed for the fields mentioned above, and next-generation bio-products were found as a sustainable alternative for agriculture. View Full-Text
Keywords: biocontrol; microbiome; microscopy; next-generation bio-product; “omic”-technologies biocontrol; microbiome; microscopy; next-generation bio-product; “omic”-technologies
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Berg, G.; Zachow, C.; Müller, H.; Philipps, J.; Tilcher, R. Next-Generation Bio-Products Sowing the Seeds of Success for Sustainable Agriculture. Agronomy 2013, 3, 648-656.

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