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The Role of Soil Microbes in Promoting Plant Growth  

Sheng Li1 , Mu Peng1 , Zhi  Liu1 , Syed Sadaqat Shah2
1 Key Laboratory of Saline-alkali Vegetation Ecology Restoration in Oil Field (SAVER), Ministry of Education, Alkali Soil Natural Environmental Science Center (ASNESC), Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China
2 Key Laboratory of Vegetation Ecology, Ministry of Education, Institute of Grassland Science, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China
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Molecular Microbiology Research, 2017, Vol. 7, No. 4   doi: 10.5376/mmr.2017.07.0004
Received: 09 Nov., 2017    Accepted: 09 Dec., 2017    Published: 15 Dec., 2017
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Li S., Peng M., Liu Z., and Shah S.S., 2017, The role of soil microbes in promoting plant growth, Molecular Microbiology Research, 7(4): 30-37 (doi: 10.5376/mmr.2017.07.0004)


More and more food is needed all over the world in order to meet rapidly growing population demands, while the modern agriculture on increasing output has already reached its limit. It is badly in need to cultivate new crop varieties for increase the yield and resistant to environmental stress and insects. However, crops are still need to provide the necessary fertilizer nutrients which is insufficient in soil. Recently, many evidences showed that soil microbes provide an opportunity for reducing agricultural demand in inorganic fertilizer. Microorganisms, due to their huge gene pool, are also used for a potential resource in biochemical reactions, which recycle nutrients for plant growth. Therefore, we need to modify and better use of soil microbiota to promote plant growth. In this review, we mainly summarized the role of soil microbiota by explaining the ecological balance, nitrogen fixation, nutrient elements, interactions and communication medium.

Plant; Soil microbiota; Interaction; Nitrogen fixation
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