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p. 1017. Microbes in agriculture and biotechnologylocked

  • Nicholas P. Money

Abstract

‘Microbes in agriculture and biotechnology’ considers the applied microbiological research to improve soil fertility and combat plant diseases, as well as the development of genetically modified (GM) food, which may help to reduce the cost of modern agricultural practices and their contribution to climate change. Natural mechanisms that control soil fertility are inadequate to the task of supporting modern intensive agriculture and a human population that may exceed nine billion in 2050. Intensive grazing of cattle on deforested land is similarly unsustainable. Even in areas where soils are exceedingly rich, crop productivity falls without soil amendment with organic matter and inorganic fertilizers.

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