Acid-tolerant Bacteria from Plant Soils: Potential Role in Plant Growth Promotion

Author's: Muhammad Naeem Iqbal1,2*, Asfa Ashraf2,3
Authors' Affiliations
1The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China.2Pakistan Science Mission (PSM), Narowal (Noor Kot 51770), Pakistan.3The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350117, China.
Article Type: Perspective     Published: Aug. 31, 2021 Pages: Abstract Online
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Microbes play an important role in the plant-soil ecosystem as they promote better plant growth, inhibit plant pathogens and pests, help in the acquisition of minerals, and maintain the biogeochemical cycles. Acidic soils inhibit plant growth by continuously increasing acid in soils. Microorganisms support plant growth in several environmental conditions. There is a dearth of knowledge about the impact of increasing soil acidity on resident bacterial communities and their functionality in the plant soils. In this issue, Mohammad et al. isolate microbial strains from the soils which were found to resist acidic pH and regulate pH value of the acidic soil. There is potential to move forward with more sustainable agriculture based on knowledge at hand on acidic soils, and the role microbes can play in the agricultural management of acidity.