Microbiome Drivers of Ecosystem Function, the latest release in the Microbiome Research in Plants and Soil series, focuses on advancements in microbial technologies towards harnessing the microbiome for improved crop productivity and health. The book provides insights into the diversity of endophytic microbiomes and their potential utility in agricultural production. As increased crop yield through chemical interventions have limit thresholds and alternative, natural, and/or integrated approaches are increasingly needed, this book serves as an ideal reference for researchers and students in the fields of agricultural biotechnology, biochemistry, environmental science, plant biology, agricultural sciences, and agricultural engineering.
Microbial inoculants provide ways in which food production efficiency can be improved. Plant growth-promoting soil organisms increase net crop uptake of soil nutrients, resulting in larger crops and higher yields of harvested food. These and other symbiotic associations between plants and microbes can ultimately be exploited for the increased food production necessary to feed the world, in addition to creating safer farming techniques that minimize ecological disruption.