Bioprospecting cold-adapted plant growth promoting microorganisms from mountain environments

  title={Bioprospecting cold-adapted plant growth promoting microorganisms from mountain environments},
  author={Anita Pandey and Luis Andr{\'e}s Yarz{\'a}bal},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
Mountain soils are challenging environments for all kinds of living things, including plants and microorganisms. Many cold-adapted microorganisms colonizing these extreme soils play important roles as promoters of plant growth and development; for that reason, they are called collectively plant growth-promoting microorganisms (PGPM). Even though there is seldom doubt concerning the usefulness of PGPM to develop eco-friendly bioinoculants, including biofertilizers and biocontrollers, a series of… 
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  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences
  • 2018
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