Special Issue "Soil Microbial Functional Groups and Plant Growth"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2017)
With the current interest in genetic manipulation and engineering for improving crop productivity, the variety and magnitude of beneficial soil microbial groups that influence plant growth are often overlooked. Biotechnology, in terms of the study and manipulation of soil microorganisms and their metabolic processes to improve plant productivity and soil resource management, continues to be important in not only modern agriculture, but also in sustainable, ecologically-based systems. As cropping systems transition with reduced chemical inputs, less reliance on genetically engineered plants, and management for improved soil productivity and soil health including longer crop rotation, cover cropping and organic amendments, more research on the impacts of soil functional groups is necessary. This Special Issue will focus on “Soil Microbial Functional Groups and Plant Growth”.
We welcome novel research, reviews and opinion papers covering related topics, including soil biochemistry, beneficial and detrimental microorganisms, rhizosphere microbial biology and ecology, soil borne pathogen antagonism and suppression, plant-growth promoting microorganisms, and plant-soil-microorganism interrelationships.
Prof. Dr. Robert J. Kremer
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- Soil microbial community
- Plant growth promoting microorganisms
- Plant growth regulating compounds
- Soil microbiology and biochemistry
- Soil biotechnology