The end of hunger: fertilizers, microbes and plant productivity.

02 November 2021 by Joann Cattlin

Hu, Hang‐Wei, Qing‐Lin Chen, and Ji‐Zheng He. “The end of hunger: fertilizers, microbes and plant productivity”. Microbial Biotechnology 15, no. 4 (2022): 1050-1054. 

It is a grand challenge to ensure the food security for a predicted world population of exceeding 9.7 billion by 2050, especially in an era of global climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss. Current agricultural productions are mainly relying on synthetic chemical fertilisers to boost plant productivity but have undesirable effects on the environment and soil biodiversity. A promising direction in sustainable agriculture is to harness naturally occurring processes of beneficial plant-associated microbiomes to ensure sustained crop production and global food security. Despite the significant progress made in the development of beneficial microbes as inoculants to enhance plant performance, challenges remain with the translation of knowledge of plant and soil microbiomes to successful microbial products in the agricultural sector. Here, we highlight how fertilizer technology should be renovated by harnessing microbiome-based innovations to promote plant productivity and contribute to the end of hunger.

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