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dc.contributorGopalakrishnan, Subramaniamen_US
dc.contributorVijayabharathi, Rajendranen_US
dc.creatorArumugam, Sathyaen_US
dc.identifier.citationSathya Arumugam, Subramaniam Gopalakrishnan, Rajendran Vijayabharathi. (30/3/2016). Soil Microbes: The Invisible Managers of Soil Fertility, in "Microbial Inoculants in Sustainable Agricultural Productivity: Functional Applications".en_US
dc.description.abstractSoil health is represented by its continuous capacity to function as a vital living system. Since soil health is the major driving factor for sustainable agriculture, it has to be preserved. Microorganisms are an essential and integral part of living soil influencing various biogeochemical cycles on major nutrients such as carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorous and other minerals and play superior role in maintaining soil health than other biological component of soil. They also have the capacity to suppress soil borne pathogens and indirectly help in agricultural productivity. Besides contribution of specific microbes to soil health by participating on nutrient cycles, certain other microbes directly/indirectly promote plant growth through the production of phytohormones, enzymes and by suppressing phytopathogens and insects. The vast functional and genetic diversity of microbial groups including bacteria, fungi and actinomycetes supports in all the above ways for soil health. This book chapter gives an outline of such microbes and their contribution in promoting soil health and its role as soil health indicators.en_US
dc.subjectoil healthen_US
dc.subjectn fixationen_US
dc.titleSoil Microbes: The Invisible Managers of Soil Fertilityen_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
cg.creator.idGopalakrishnan, Subramaniam: 0000-0003-4053-7016en_US
cg.subject.agrovocclimate changeen_US
cg.subject.agrovocsoil fertilityen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics - ICRISATen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes - GLen_US
cg.contributor.funderNot Applicableen_US
cg.coverage.regionSouth Americaen_US
dc.identifier.statusLimited accessen_US

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