Biostimulants stimulate natural processes in crops to enhance nutrient uptake, nutrient use efficiency (NUE), resistance to abiotic stress and quality traits. They offer the opportunity to enhance fertilizer use and thus contribute to more sustainable crop production. This collection reviews key advances in understanding and using biostimulants.
Part 1 reviews ways of classifying biostimulants, types of bioactive compound and ways of evaluating biostimulants. Part 2 surveys the various types of biostimulant, from humic substances and seaweed extracts to protein hydrolysates, silicon, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Part 3 discusses advances in designing second-generation biostimulants and their practical application in such areas as enhancing nutrient use efficiency (NUE).
- The first comprehensive review of key advances in biostimulant research
- Covers key groups of biostimulants: humic substances, seaweed extracts, protein hydrolysates, silicon, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF)
- Discusses key advances in research and practical applications of biostimulants in the field
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Table of contents
Part 1 Introduction and biostimulant characterization
1.Plant biostimulants, a new paradigm for the sustainable intensification of crops: Patrick du Jardin, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège, Belgium;
2.Bioactive compounds and evaluation of biostimulant activity: Luigi Lucini and Begoña Miras-Moreno, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy; and Andrea Ertani, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy;
Part 2 Non-microbial and microbial categories of biostimulants
3.Humic substances (HS) as plant biostimulants in agriculture: Andrea Ertani, Università degli Studi di Padova and Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy; and Michela Schiavon and Serenella Nardi, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy;
4.Seaweed extracts as plant biostimulants in agriculture: Izabela Michalak, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland; Katarzyna Tyśkiewicz, Marcin Konkol and Edward Rój, New Chemical Syntheses Institute, Poland; and Katarzyna Chojnacka, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland;
5.Protein hydrolysates as plant biostimulants in agriculture: Giuseppe Colla, Tuscia University, Italy;
6.Silicon as a biostimulant in agriculture: Wendy Zellner, The University of Toledo, USA; and Lawrence E. Datnoff, Louisiana State University, USA;
7.Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) as plant biostimulants in agriculture: Dongmei Lya, Rachel Backer and Donald Smith, McGill University, Canada;
8.Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as biostimulants for sustainable crop production: Michael Bitterlich, Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), Germany; Louis Mercy and Miguel Arato, INOQ GmbH, Germany; and Philipp Franken, Erfurt Research Centre for Horticultural Crops – University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany;
Part 3 Innovation and practical applications
9.Designing and formulating potential second-generation biostimulants: Paolo Bonini, NGAlab, Spain; Veronica Cirino, Atens Agrotecnologias Naturales S.L., Spain; Helene Reynaud, Italpollina USA, USA; Youssef Rouphael, University of Naples Federico II, Italy; Mariateresa Cardarelli, CREA, Italy; and Giuseppe Colla, University of Tuscia, Italy;
10.Plant biostimulants and their influence on nutrient use efficiency (NUE): Patrick H. Brown, Douglas Amaral Cavalho, Meerae Park, Jennifer Schmidt and Amelie Gaudin, University of California-Davis, USA;
11.Combining plant biostimulants and precision agriculture: Raffaele Casa, University of Tuscia, Italy; Davide Cammarano, Purdue University, USA; Domenico Ronga, CREA, Italy; and Giuseppe Cillo, University of Teramo, Italy;