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Title: Mitigating climate change through managing constructed-microbial communities in agriculture

The importance of increasing crop production while reducing resource inputs and land-use change cannot be overstated especially in light of climate change and a human population growth projected to reach nine billion this century. Here, mutualistic plant microbe interactions offer a novel approach to enhance agricultural productivity while reducing environmental costs. In concert with other novel agronomic technologies and management, plant-microbial mutualisms could help increase crop production and reduce yield losses by improving resistance and/or resilience to edaphic, biologic, and climatic variability from both bottom-up and top-down perspectives.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States)
  3. Chinese Academy of Forestry, Zhejiang (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; AC05-06OR23100
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 216; Journal ID: ISSN 0167-8809
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; symbiosis; plant microbe interactions; mitigation; agroecology; climate change; synthetic communities; GHGe