Potato Research

, Volume 57, Issue 3–4, pp 291–309 | Cite as

The Role of Microbial Inoculants in Integrated Crop Management Systems

  • Siva L. S. Velivelli
  • Angela Sessitsch
  • Barbara Doyle PrestwichEmail author


One of the major issues facing humankind is global food security. A changing climate, coupled with a heightened consumer awareness of how food is produced and legislative changes governing the usage of agrichemicals for improving plant health and yield, means that alternative, more integrated and sustainable approaches are needed for crop management practices. To this end, there is increasing recognition of the value of the role of microbial inoculants in agriculture. The focus of this review is to understand how plant-growth-promoting bacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi can play a part in improving crop yield by promoting the health status of the plant through the sequestration of various nutrients and in the control of plant diseases.


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Biofertilisers Biological control Plant-growth-promoting bacteria Sustainable agriculture Volatile organic compounds 



The research project “VALORAM—Valorizing Andean microbial diversity through sustainable intensification of potato-based farming systems” was supported by European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement No 227522, 01/02/2009-31/01/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Siva L. S. Velivelli
    • 1
  • Angela Sessitsch
    • 2
  • Barbara Doyle Prestwich
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES)University College CorkCorkIreland
  2. 2.Bioresources UnitAIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbHTullnAustria

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