Bottlenecks in Commercialization and Future Prospects of Beneficial Halotolerant Microorganisms for Saline Soils

  • Bushra Tabassum
  • Adeyinka Olawale Samuel
  • Muhammad Umar Bhatti
  • Neelam Fatima
  • Naila Shahid
  • Idrees Ahmad Nasir


Salinity stress is a major abiotic stress that limits crop productivity. One way to alleviate the effect of salinity stress on plants is to use salt-tolerant microorganisms. Mechanisms employed by these salt-tolerant microbes not only drive the plant to grow well in saline environment but also boost its growth by producing various hormones, solubilizing phosphate, and fixing nitrogen. Inconsistent field efficacy of salt-tolerant microbial formulations, versatility for various crops, and economic aspects to develop such product by industry are the bottlenecks in commercialization of these bioproducts. There is no commercial formulation of salt-tolerant microbes currently available. For sustained agriculture, formulations based on compatible halotolerant microbes must be developed and marketed. This chapter focuses on the current status and prospects of commercialization of microbial products based on halotolerant microbes for increased crop production in saline soils.


Halotolerant microorganisms Saline soil-based agriculture Bioproducts PGPR Biofertilizer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bushra Tabassum
    • 1
  • Adeyinka Olawale Samuel
    • 1
  • Muhammad Umar Bhatti
    • 1
  • Neelam Fatima
    • 1
  • Naila Shahid
    • 1
  • Idrees Ahmad Nasir
    • 1
  1. 1.National Centre of Excellence in Molecular BiologyUniversity of the PunjabLahorePakistan

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