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Revisiting Plant Biostimulants

Vijay Meena

Borlaug Institute for South Asia

Dr. Vijay Singh Meena has worked in various aspects of soil aggregation, carbon management index as well as carbon and nitrogen sequestration potential under climate-resilient agriculture. He identified the carbon management index as the key indicator to measure soil degradation in different agro-ecosystems. He has edited 10 books on microbes, organic farming, and agricultural sustainability and received several scholarships and awards during his academic and professional career.

Co-editors:

Hanuman Prasad Parewa

Agriculture University, Jodhpur

Dr. Hanuman Prasad Parewa has specialized in the field of soil fertility, INM, and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria. His research revealed that integrated application of fertilizer, FYM and bio inoculants highly effective for sustainable wheat and Mung bean production and soil quality.

Sunita Kumari Meena

Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

Dr. Sunita Kumari Meena has previously served as a research scholar at both Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. She has published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, Ecological Engineering, Scientia Horticulturae, Environmental Science and Pollution Research and Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology.

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Ecological Diversity Mutualistic Symbiosis Temperatures Frost Salinity Acidity Nutrients Water Crop Yield Grain Straw Biofortified

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Nowadays, the agricultural sector is facing concomitant challenges of rising productivity to feed the growing global population and increasing the input use efficiency, while reducing the environmental impact on the ecosystems and human health. For the last couple of decades, several technological innovations have been proposed to enhance the sustainability of agricultural production systems through a significant reduction of synthetic agrochemicals like pesticides and fertilizers. A promising and environmentally friendly innovation would be the use of natural plant biostimulants (PBs) that enhance plant growth and development. PBs are specified on the basis of agricultural function claims, and include diverse bioactive natural substances:

1. Humic and fulvic acids
2. Animal and vegetal protein hydrolysates
3. Macroalgae seaweeds extracts
4. Beneficial microorganisms, etc.

The elucidation of the agricultural function (i.e. improving nutrient use efficiency, quality, and tolerance to abiotic stresses) and action mechanisms of PBs will permit to develop a second generation of PBs where synergies and complementary mechanisms can be functionally designed to feed the future.

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Date completed: September 21st 2021

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Expected publication date: May 7th 2022

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About the editor

Vijay Meena

Borlaug Institute for South Asia

Vijay Singh Meena is currently working as a Project Coordinator (Soil Scientist) at CIMMYT-BISA, Pusa, India. His previous position includes that of Scientist (Soils) at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Indian equivalent to USDA-ARS). He has worked in various aspects of soil aggregation, carbon management index and carbon and nitrogen sequestration potential under climate resilient agriculture. He identified carbon management index as the key indicator to measure soil degradation in different agro-ecosystems. His research revealed that the application of FYM and vermicompost along with vegetative barrier across the slope are highly effective in sustaining the soil quality. Dr. Meena and his team identified that the combined application of organic and inorganic sources is important in sustaining the productivity of soils and prevent soil erosion. He is instrumental in the preparation and distribution of > 4000 soil health cards to different farmers. Dr. Meena and his team reported that the long-term judicious application of organic and mineral fertilizer positively influenced soil aggregation, carbon distribution, water stable aggregates, maize and wheat yields and reduced the runoff and soil loss (without fertilization) and recommended the dose of fertilizers. The concept of CMI was found to be effective in assessing the best nutrient management practices in sloppy crop lands as it showed significant correlation with yield, runoff and soil loss. The estimation of CMI values of any fertilization management can indicate the soil degradation status quantitatively thus helpful in mitigating land degradation in the hilly agro-ecosystem. He also edited seven Springer books and three Elsevier books on microbes, organic farming and agricultural sustainability. He has received several scholarship and awards during his academic and professional career. In a nutshell, Dr. Vijay Singh Meena is doing an excellent work in the field of natural resources management for sustainable agricultural production. He has accumulated more than 5000 citations in international literature and has a RG score of 40.99.

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