Role of Beneficial Fungi in Sustainable Agricultural Systems

  • Mehrnaz HatamiEmail author
  • Fereshteh Ahangarani


Sustainable agriculture is a farming technique on the basis of knowledge of ecosystem services, the study of relationships/interactions between organisms and their physical environment. In sustainable agricultural systems, the inhabitant soil microflora is more crucial for ecosystem processes including nutrient availability and pest/disease suppression.

The rising demand for environmental friendly, organic, and sustainable agricultural practices are driving the application of fertilizers based on beneficial biological products. The use of beneficial fungi in agriculture sector is potentially useful for improved plant health and growth, water uptake, nutrient availability, stress tolerance, and biocontrol. Fungi also play a fundamental role in multifarious physiological processes including mineral and water uptake, photosynthesis, stomatal movement, and biosynthesis of compounds termed biostimulants, auxins, lignan, and ethylene to enhance the ability of plants to establish and cope environmental stresses such as drought, salinity, heat, cold, and heavy metals. This chapter describes the mechanisms underlying beneficial impacts of fungi on growth promotion of the host plant.


Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Mycorrhizal Fungus Trichoderma Harzianum Induce Systemic Resistance 
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  1. 1.Department of Medicinal Plants, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesArak UniversityArakIran
  2. 2.Master of Science of Weed Identification and ManagementArakIran

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