Ameliorating plant salt stress through bacterial inoculation: Prospects and challenges

Qurban Ali Panhwar*, Amanat Ali, Umme Aminun Naher, Nizamuddin Depar, Muhammad Yousuf Memon

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Soil salinity stress has dramatically upset the fertile lands and subsequently applies a vast effect on the agricultural crop production. The salt stress has contrary influences for the plant enhancement and finally resulting in reduction of crop yields. The plants hold specific mechanism for salt stress extenuation like stimulate hormones, ionic exchange, several enzymes, and initiation of plant signaling for their metabolic and genetic edges that reduce the salt stress. In addition to the plant intrinsic appliances, several plant growth-promoting bacteria have specific mechanism which performs significant part for the stress tolerance and crop growth promotion. These microbes enhance plants to produce various plant growth hormones including auxin, cytokinine, and gibberellin as well as instable toxic compounds. Furthermore, microbes could perform a vital role in relation to their properties like saline tolerant, genetic diversity, fusion of soil solutes and hormone production, biocontrol ability, and plant interface. Consequently, exploiting the above discussed unique properties of microbes can be a cost effective strategy in reducing salinity stress that could be utilized and implemented for salinity amelioration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSalt Stress, Microbes, and Plant Interactions
Subtitle of host publicationMechanisms and Molecular Approaches: Volume 2
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789811388057
ISBN (Print)9789811388040
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Crop production
  • Mechanism
  • Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria
  • Salinity
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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