Ensuring future food security and resource sustainability: insights into the rhizosphere

Liyang Wang, Zed Rengel, Kai Zhang, Kemo Jin, Yang Lyu, Lin Zhang, Lingyun Cheng, Fusuo Zhang, Jianbo Shen

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Feeding the world's growing population requires continuously increasing crop yields with less fertilizers and agrochemicals on limited land. Focusing on plant belowground traits, especially root-soil-microbe interactions, holds a great promise for overcoming this challenge. The belowground root-soil-microbe interactions are complex and involve a range of physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence nutrient-use efficiency, plant growth and health. Understanding, predicting, and manipulating these rhizosphere processes will enable us to harness the relevant interactions to improve plant productivity and nutrient-use efficiency. Here, we review the recent progress and challenges in root-soil-microbe interactions. We also highlight how root-soil-microbe interactions could be manipulated to ensure food security and resource sustainability in a changing global climate, with an emphasis on reducing our dependence on fertilizers and agrochemicals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104168
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2022


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