Effect of Bioinoculants on the Quality of Crops

  • Elisa Bona
  • Guido Lingua
  • Valeria Todeschini


Soil microorganisms like arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are known to positively affect plant health, growth, and nutrition. Their use was often suggested in order to reduce the input of chemicals in agriculture. Recently, it has been observed that AMF and PGPR can also affect some quality features of various crops. In this chapter we review the literature concerning the effects of soil microbes, focusing on AMF and PGPR as the most common plant-associated microorganisms, on the quality of crops. Such effects were considered according to commercial and agronomic plant categories. Current limitations of the available information and some possible future developments have been indicated.


Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Cocoa Butter Faba Bean Rosmarinic Acid Juglans Regia 
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To the memory of my friend Horst Vierheilig, who first prompted me to write this review, sitting by a swimming pool in Marrakech, in 2010. It was originally meant to be submitted to a journal. Then, several things happened, delaying, hampering, and stopping this work. In 2014 I was invited by Raffaella Balestrini to submit a chapter for the present book, and I immediately thought about this topic. Once more, I would not have been able to complete this chapter if it had not been for my fellow authors Elisa and Valeria.


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