Plausible Role of Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria in Future Climatic Scenario

  • R. Z. SayyedEmail author
  • N. Ilyas
  • B. Tabassum
  • A. Hashem
  • E. F. Abd_Allah
  • H. P. Jadhav


Increasing agro-productivity for feeding growing world population under present climatic scenario requires optimizing the use of resources and adopting the sustainable agriculture methods. This can be achieved by using plant-beneficial bacteria. Target of achieving sustainable agriculture implies the use of varieties that are resistant to disease and tolerant to stress and having desired nutrition value. This can be effectively achieved through the use of rhizospheric microflora including bacteria, fungi, algae, etc. Among these, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) have been seen as reliable and most promising bioinoculants for promoting plant growth and controlling phytopathogen without causing environmental deterioration. Application of PGPR as bioinoculants can help in achieving the target of global agricultural productivity to feed the world’s booming population, which is expected to become 9 billion by 2050. However, to be useful and effective bioinoculants, PGPR strains should be competent in their habitat, safe to the environment, helpful in plant nutrition and biocontrol, compatible with useful soil rhizobacteria, and tolerant to a variety of stress factors and show broad spectrum activity. In the context of the above scenario, this chapter focusses on the use of PGPR to increase agro-productivity and as one of the vital drivers of the agro-economy. In this review we focus on the modes of action of PGPR and their role in environmental protection and agricultural sustainability under increasing climatic variations.


PGPR Plant growth promotion Biocontrol Abiotic stress Mechanisms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Z. Sayyed
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. Ilyas
    • 2
  • B. Tabassum
    • 3
  • A. Hashem
    • 4
  • E. F. Abd_Allah
    • 5
  • H. P. Jadhav
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyPSGVP Mandal’s Arts, Science & Commerce CollegeShahadaIndia
  2. 2.Botany DepartmentPMAS University of Arid AgricultureRawalpindiPakistan
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyGovernment Raza PG CollegeRampurIndia
  4. 4.Faculty of Science, Department of Botany and MicrobiologyKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  5. 5.Department of Plant ProductionCollege of Food and Agriculture Sciences, King Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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