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Individual study: Microbial inoculants and organic amendment improves plant establishment and soil rehabilitation under semiarid conditions

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Mengual C., Schoebitz M., Azcón R. & Roldán a. (2014) Microbial inoculants and organic amendment improves plant establishment and soil rehabilitation under semiarid conditions. Journal of Environmental Management, 134, 1-7


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Add root associated bacteria/fungi to introduced plants Shrubland and Heathland Conservation

A randomized, controlled study in 2011–2012 in experimental fields in southern Spain (Mengual et al. 2014) found that inoculating soils with rhizobacteria increased the shoot and root biomass of French lavender Lavandula dentata. Lavender plants where soil was inoculated had higher shoot (2–9 g) and root biomass (0–3 g) than where soil was not inoculated (shoot: 1 g, root: 1 g). In March 2011 rhizobacteria cultures were added to the soil of 20 pots where lavender seedlings were growing, but not five others. The seedlings were planted in a field in May 2011. In June 2012 plants were harvested and their dry weight was estimated.

(Summarised by Phil Martin)