Submitted to: American Journal of Alternative Agriculture
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/21/1995
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Chemical inputs into agriculture must be reduced. Use of microbial inocula for symbiotic nitrogen fixation, disease control, bioremediation, and improving plant efficiency will help accomplish this goal. This paper describes approaches for successfully introducing inocula for developing sustainable farming systems.
Technical Abstract: Reduction of chemical inputs into agriculture to develop a more sustainable farming system has become an international concern. Bioregulation will be required to accomplish this goal in many instances. Successful introduction of bioregulatory agents into the soil is a problem. Soil type, additives, culture production methods, environmental effects, and the plant are all important for the successful establishment of a biological agent. We have a great deal of background information on these relationships plus information on mode of action, recognition, types of organisms, and sources. However, the data must be synthesized into delivery systems which requires integrative and multidisciplinary approaches.