Commercial Microbial Products: Exploiting Beneficial Plant-Microbe Interaction

  • Pallavi
  • Dinesh Chandra
  • A. K. SharmaEmail author


Plants and microbes are known to interact with each other since ancient times. The plant growth-promoting microbes have the ability to facilitate nutrient uptake, modulating plant growth and imparting abiotic and biotic stress tolerance to the plants. These microbes along with proper carrier form the basis of commercial microbial inoculants, which slowly but steadily are gaining acknowledgment in the market due to the drawbacks associated with their counterpart agrochemicals like reduced soil fertility, food toxicity, or increasing cost and diminishing profits. The nitrogen fixers and phosphate and zinc solubilizers are the foremost microbial categories that are presently exploited on a commercial level. The success of microbial inoculants in the field relies on the carrier material used in the formulation. Many carriers are explored for this purpose; peat, perlite, clay, vermiculite, alginate, agricultural waste products, and biochar are among the leading options.


Sustainable agriculture Phosphate solubilizers Microbial inoculants Carriers Formulation 



Pallavi gratefully acknowledges the Department of Science and Technology, India, for providing her Inspire Fellowship (IF130963).


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  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences, College of Basic Science and HumanitiesG.B. Pant University of Agriculture and TechnologyPantnagar, U.S. NagarIndia

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