The early bird registration deadline is extended to 31st May 2022.
We are pleased to announce that the 7th Asian PGPR International Conference with the theme “Regenerating Agriculture Through Beneficial Microbes for Improvement of Crop Productivity” takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 23rd-26th August 2022. The conference is co-hosted by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The 2022 agenda looks at the most recent scientific discoveries flowing from developments in PGPR and its technologies as well as the importance of the microbiome in agriculture. Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) may affect plant growth, development, and disease suppression by one or more direct or indirect mechanisms. The role of the rhizosphere is pivotal for plant growth-promotion, nutrition, and crop quality because of the importance of plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem functioning In addition, the rhizosphere is where plant roots communicate with beneficial rhizobacteria for energy and nutrition. With the booming world population, the demand for food has prompted researchers and scientists to continually exploit the revolutionary possibilities of PGPR and its allied products. Attaining sustainable agricultural production while preserving environmental quality, agro-ecosystem functions and biodiversity represents a major challenge for current agricultural practices; further, the traditional use of chemical inputs (fertilizers, pesticides, nutrients etc.) poses serious threats to crop productivity, soil fertility and the nutritional value of farm produce. Given these risks, managing pests and diseases, maintaining agro-ecosystem health, and avoiding health issues for humans and animals have now become key priorities. The use of PGPR as biofertilizers, plant growth promoters, biopesticides, and soil and plant health managers has attracted considerable attention among researchers, agriculturists, farmers, policymakers and consumers alike. Using PGPR as bioinoculants can help meet the expected demand for global agricultural productivity to feed the world’s booming population, which is predicted to reach roughly 9 billion by 2050. However, to provide effective bioinoculants, PGPR strains must be safe for the environment, offer considerable plant growth promotion and biocontrol potential, be compatible with useful farm practices, and be able to withstand various biotic and abiotic stresses. Increasing agro-productivity to feed a growing global population under the present climate scenario requires optimizing the use of resources and adopting sustainable agricultural production. This can be achieved by using plant beneficial bacteria, i.e., those bacteria that enhance plant growth under abiotic stress conditions. Developing new state of the art technologies to study rhizosphere ecology will aid in further understanding the role and utilization of the wide variety of bioactive phytochemicals produced by PGPR and affecting root colonization capacity, plant growth-promotion, and biological control.
Prof. M. S. Reddy
Founder & Chairman of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture
Auburn, AL, USA
Prof. Mui-Yun Wong
Local Organizing Chairperson
Faculty of Agriculture
Universiti Putra Malaysia