Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


crop microbiome; sustainable agriculture; nutrient use efficiency; disease and pest resistance; industry development

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Plant microbiomics is an emerging research field that aims to solve scientific problems in plant-microbe interactions and facilitates the development of creative agricultural biotechnology. In recent years, achievements have been made in deciphering the relationships among crop-microbiome-soil, improving nutrition supply and plant development by microbes, and enhancing plant adaptive responses to defend multiple biotic or abiotic stresses. Developed by researchers and successfully applied in the field, microbiome-based biotechnologies have exhibited promising potential in agriculture by decreasing the usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and increasing the crop production. To reach to a sustainable agriculture, China has to reinforce the financial support to the projects of microbiomics and adjust its R & D policy to improve the translational research in the critical area.

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