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Harvesting plant and microbial biodiversity for sustainably enhanced food security

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According to the United Nations, the World population will reach 9 billion by 2050, with the majority of this growth occurring in developing countries. For instance, more than half of global population growth between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa. On the other hand, one in nine of the World's ...

According to the United Nations, the World population will reach 9 billion by 2050, with the majority of this growth occurring in developing countries. For instance, more than half of global population growth between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa. On the other hand, one in nine of the World's population suffers from chronic hunger, the vast majority of which live in developing countries. We therefore need to find new and sustainable solutions to feed this increasing population and alleviate the predicted negative impact of global changes on crop production. Different programs are developed to improve food security and livelihoods in rural communities, reduce vulnerability, increase resilience and mitigate land degradation in developing countries.

This Research Topic aims to summarize current research on the challenges to feed in a sustainable way the growing World population. Reviews on the current status and strategies to deal with the major biotic (diseases, etc) and abiotic factors (drought, salinity, low soil fertility, etc) limiting crop production in developing countries will be encouraged. This Research Topic will also cover aspects related to the characterization and use of the natural diversity of plants and associated microorganisms to increase production and sustainability in agrosystems. Original research articles dealing with plant and microbial genetic diversity, plant breeding, phytopathology and the beneficial use of microbial inoculants to improve plant production and agrosystem resilience are welcome.


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