The Contribution of Secondary Metabolites in the Success of Bioformulations

  • María A. Morel
  • Célica Cagide
  • Susana Castro-Sowinski


Bioformulations are biologically active products containing one or more beneficial microbial strains, commonly used to increase plant growth, soil fertility and suppression of phytopathogens. Many reports support that the use of a combination of beneficial microorganisms has additive or synergistic effects on plant growth and yield. However, the addition of microbial- or plant-produced secondary metabolites to bioformulations may increase agricultural productivity, improving the performance of the inoculation. This chapter focuses on the use of some secondary metabolites (flavonoids, lipochitooligosaccharides, phytohormones, etc.) in bioformulations, focusing mainly on formulations that improve leguminous crop yields. The information supports that the addition of these molecules may contribute to the sustainable development of new agronomic products.


Nitrogen Fixation Jasmonic Acid Exogenous Application Botrytis Cinerea Alfalfa Plant 



We thank PEDECIBA-Uruguay (Programa de Desarrollo de las Ciencias Básicas), LAGE y Cia SA (, and ANII (Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación; FMV-3-2011-6089) for partial financial support. The work of M.A. Morel and C. Cagide was also supported by ANII. We are especially grateful for Cecilia Hermann’s assistance during the search of commercial products. The cartoon or Fig. 13.1 was drawn by Juan José Marizcurrena.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • María A. Morel
    • 1
  • Célica Cagide
    • 1
  • Susana Castro-Sowinski
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Unidad Microbiología MolecularInstituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente EstableMontevideoUruguay
  2. 2.Sección Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de la RepúblicaMontevideoUruguay

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