About the book
Continuous application of inorganic and chemical-based fertilizers causes a serious threat to human health and environment. Plant biostimulants are introduced in crop production management with the aim of amending plants physiological processes and so improving plant health, growth and quality. They actively reinforce the development of beneficial soil microorganisms as one of the main components of sustainable agroecosystems. Biostimulants, as biological fertilizers, may contain various ingredients including microbial inoculants, organic and inorganic substances, biochemical materials and/or humic substances, so that can enhance available agricultural practices. Indeed, these eco-friendly compounds can greatly play a fundamental role in the soil health and also plant productivity by improving plant growth, nutrition efficiency, water uptake and plant tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current evidence-based developments of biostimulants as well as to outline the opportunities and related challenges in the field of plant science.