African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5211


Prospect of beneficial microorganisms applied in potato cultivation for sustainable agriculture

Fasi Wu1, 2, 3, 4#, Wanfu Wang1, 2, 3, 4#, Yantian Ma1, Yongjun Liu1, Xiaojun Ma1, Lizhe An1 and Huyuan Feng1*
1School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 730000, PR, China. 2National Research Center for Conservation of Ancient Wall Paintings and Earthen Architecture Sites, Dunhuang, Gansu, 736200, PR, China. 3Key Scientific Research Base of Conservation for Ancient Mural, State Administration for Cultural Heritage, Dunhuang, Gansu 736200, PR, China. 4Conservation Institute of Dunhuang Academy, Dunhuang, Gansu, 736200, PR, China.
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  •  Accepted: 26 April 2013
  •  Published: 14 May 2013


Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is a widely planted crop. The primary obstacles for potato production are the high demands of fertilizers and the occurrence of widespread diseases. Traditional intensively managed agroecosystems depend on fertilizers and biocides, which could induce soil degradation and environmental problems. This review emphasizes the effects of inoculating crops with plant growth-promoting bacteria, endophytes, especially arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), as well as the potential application of these microbes in the establishment of a sustainable potatoes cultivation system. We concluded that it is worth to isolate the most efficient microbial strains during the process of microbial diversity investigations. And it is also worth to apply flavonoids and other stimulators to promoter beneficial microbes growth since emerging evidence implies that these compounds can stimulate native mycorrhizal activity and subsequent potato yield. In summary, more practical application of bio-fertilizers and bio-control methods should be encouraged to facilitate potato production.


Key words: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, beneficial microbes, disease resistance, potato production, sustainable agriculture.