Microbial stimulation of plant growth and protection from disease

Ben J.J. Lugtenberg, Letty A. de Weger, J. W. Bennett

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Certain microbes stimulate plant growth. The mechanisms used by such microbes to achieve this are: biofertilization (i.e. increasing the supply of mineral nutrients to the plant); biocontrol (i.e. elimination of the plant's enemies including microbial pathogens, insects and weeds); and direct plant growth promotion (e.g. by delivering plant growth hormones to the plant). In all of these mechanisms, plant root colonization is crucial as the delivery system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-464
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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