Plants Probiotics as a Tool to Produce Highly Functional Fruits

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Plant probiotics are bacteria capable of improving crop yields reducing or even eliminating chemical fertilizers. During the last years, several studies show that many of these bacteria can improve not just production, but also food quality, through the increase of some nutrients as well as some plant bioactive compounds, which are beneficial to human health. This chapter compiles some of the recent research focused on the capabilities of several bacterial plant probiotics to enhance the production of more functional foods, and therefore benefiting our health.


Food quality Biofertilizers Bacterial inoculants Nutritional content Horticultural crops 



The authors are grateful for the funding received by the Regional Government of Castile and Leon and the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness (JCyL SA169U14 and MINECO; AGL2015-70510-R). AJG is funded by the FPU predoctoral fellowship from the Spanish Government. JDFF is funded by the University of Salamanca with a predoctoral fellowship. PGF receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 750795.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Microbiology and Genetics DepartmentUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  2. 2.Spanish-Portuguese Institute for Agricultural Research (CIALE)SalamancaSpain
  3. 3.Institute of Microbiology ASCR,v.v.iPragueCzech Republic
  4. 4.Associated R&D Unit, USAL-CSIC (IRNASA)SalamancaSpain
  5. 5.Lab 210-213, Edificio Departamental de Biología, Microbiology and Genetics DepartmentUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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