S.M. Zydenbos and T.A. Jackson (2010)
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Microbes and their metabolites are poised to play an increasingly important role in agricultural systems as plant protection and growth promotion agents. The impetus for change has been driven by consumer and market demands for products with "no-detectable" chemical residues and minimal environmental impacts. These goals can be achieved by harnessing naturally occurring micro-organisms to provide beneficial services of value to agriculture and other industries. An international symposium entitled "Microbial Products: Exploiting Microbial Diversity for Sustainable Plant Production" was held in Dunedin, New Zealand, to investigate the development, production and marketing of microbial products. The symposium speakers came from four continents, and a wide variety of topics was covered, including biocontrol of insects, nematodes and diseases, bioherbicides, bioremediation and plant growth promotion. This book presents the papers written by the speakers and provides insights into the selection of effective strains, production and formulation of the microbes, delivery and application to the targets, regulatory issues and steps for successful commercialisation of microbial products. It will be a particularly valuable source of information for both researchers and companies developing microbial products anywhere in the world.