Evaluating the economic and social impact of soil microbes

Harpinder Sandhu, Vadakattu Gupta, Stephen Wratten

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    Developments in agriculture have been very successful in producing sufficient amounts of food to meet the growing demand by human population in the twentieth century. This was possible due to breakthroughs in the development of high yielding cultivars and the combined efforts of agricultural research and public policy to support high input-based farming in different parts of the world. The 'Green Revolution' yielded desired outcomes due to agricultural intensification, accomplished through the use of input-responsive plant cultivars, increased chemical use in the form of fertilisers and chemical based plant protection measures. These modern technologies are practised in agro-ecosystems which are the largest managed ecosystems on earth and comprise 1.5 billion hectares of cropping area and about 3.5 billion hectares of pasture land area (FAO) 2009

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSoil Microbiology and Sustainable Crop Production
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)9789048194780
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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