How Microbes Can Help Feed the World

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In December 2012, the American Academy of Microbiology convened 26 experts in plant-microbe interactions to discuss how microbes could help feed the world. The
group included scientific experts on plant-microbe interactions of many differentkinds: development experts who seek to introduce new technologies and practices in developing countries, representatives of companies that develop microbial products, and policy-makers from the public and non-profit sectors. Together, over the course of two days, the group explored the many ways that microbes and plants interact and developed a vision for how those interactions could be employed to boost agricultural productivity in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Their vision is described in this report.

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