AiM  Vol.5 No.1 , January 2015
The Role of Biofertilization in Improving Apple Productivity―A Review
ABSTRACT
Biofertilization of crops with plant growth promoting microorganisms is currently considered as a healthy alternative to chemical fertilization. Biofertilizers are microbial preparations containing living cells of different microorganisms which have the ability to mobilize plant nutrients in soil from unusable to usable form. They are environmentally friendly, play a significant role in the crop production, help to build up the lost microflora and improve the soil health. Also, they increase crop yield by 20% - 30%, stimulate plant growth, are cost effective and provide optimal conditions for soil biological activity. They suppress pathogenic soil organisms, restore natural soil fertility and provide protection against drought and some soil borne diseases. Moreover, they degrade toxic organic chemicals, improve seed germination and aid in balancing soil pH in reducing soil erosion.

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Mosa, W. , Paszt, L. , Frąc, M. , Trzciński, P. (2015) The Role of Biofertilization in Improving Apple Productivity―A Review. Advances in Microbiology, 5, 21-27. doi: 10.4236/aim.2015.51003.
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