African Journal of
Biotechnology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12011

Review

Azospirillum spp. potential for maize growth and yield

Lucas Tadeu Mazza Revolti
  • Lucas Tadeu Mazza Revolti
  • Department of Crop Science, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Jaboticabal-SP-Brazil.
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Carlos Henrique Caprio
  • Carlos Henrique Caprio
  • Department of Crop Science, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Jaboticabal-SP-Brazil.
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Fabio Luiz Checchio Mingotte
  • Fabio Luiz Checchio Mingotte
  • Department of Crop Science, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Jaboticabal-SP-Brazil.
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Gustavo Vitti Moro
  • Gustavo Vitti Moro
  • Department of Crop Science, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Jaboticabal-SP-Brazil.
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  •  Received: 18 November 2017
  •  Accepted: 18 April 2018
  •  Published: 02 May 2018

Abstract

The importance of biotechnology involved in the availability of nutrients to plants in different production systems is well known. In the search for agricultural sustainability, biological nitrogen fixation process stands out, especially in tropical regions where soil organic matter can be rapidly mineralized. In this aspect, researches have pointed out the potentialities of the use of diazotrophic bacteria, as well as other growth-promoting bacteria in Poaceae. Maize crop, especially, stands out in the international scenario, requiring a deepening of the research aiming to raise the contribution potential of microorganisms including Azospirillum spp. in reducing the consumption of fertilizers from non-renewable sources while promoting an increase in agricultural productivity and mitigating environmental impacts.

Key words: Zea mays, diazotrophic bacteria, nitrogen, biological fixation, growth promoting.