A contribution to set a legal framework for biofertilisers
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PGPRMycorrhizal fungiRhizosphereRegulationProduction standards
Malusá, E., Vassilev, N. A contribution to set a legal framework for biofertilisers. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 98, 6599–6607 (2014). [https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-014-5828-y]
SponsorshipEU Regional Development Fund through the Polish Innovation Economy Operational Program UDA-POIG.01.03.01-10-109/08-00
The extensive research, production and use of microorganisms to improve plant nutrition have resulted in an inconsistent definition of the term “biofertiliser” which, in some cases, is due to the different microbial mechanisms involved. The rationale for adopting the term biofertiliser is that it derives from “biological fertiliser”, that, in turn, implies the use of living microorganisms. Here, we propose a definition for this kind of products which is distinguishing them from biostimulants or other inorganic and organic fertilisers. Special emphasis is given to microorganism(s) with multifunctional properties and biofertilisers containing more than one microorganism. This definition could be included in legal provisions regulating registration and marketing requirements. A set of rules is also proposed which could guarantee the quality of biofertilisers present on the market and thus foster their use by farmers.