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Ecosystem Functions of Microbial Consortia in Sustainable Agriculture

Version 1 : Received: 27 October 2020 / Approved: 28 October 2020 / Online: 28 October 2020 (14:06:00 CET)

How to cite: Aguilar-Paredes, A.; Valdés, G.; Nuti, M. Ecosystem Functions of Microbial Consortia in Sustainable Agriculture. Preprints 2020, 2020100592 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0592.v1). Aguilar-Paredes, A.; Valdés, G.; Nuti, M. Ecosystem Functions of Microbial Consortia in Sustainable Agriculture. Preprints 2020, 2020100592 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0592.v1).

Abstract

Knowledge of the agricultural soil microbiota, of the microbial consortia that comprise it, and the promotion of agricultural practices that maintain and encourage them, is a promising way to improve soil quality for sustainable agriculture and to provide food security. Although numerous studies have demonstrated the positive effects of beneficial soil microorganisms on crop yields and quality, the use of microbial consortia in agriculture remains low. Microbial consortia have more properties than an individual microbial inoculum, due to the synergy of the microorganisms that make them up. This review describes the main characteristics, ecosystem functions, crop benefits and biotechnological applications of microbial consortia composed of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, plant growth promoting bacteria and actinobacteria, to promote the restoration of agricultural soils and, consequently, the quality and health of agricultural crops. The aim is to provide knowledge that will contribute to the development of sustainable and sufficiently productive agriculture, which will adapt in a good way to the pace of the growing human population and to climate change.

Subject Areas

Microbial consortia; Arbuscular mycorrhizas; Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria; actinobacteria; Ecosystem functions; Agriculture; Sustainability; Resilience; Multifunctionality; Soil microorganism

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