Microbes in Soil and Their Agricultural Prospects

Kaushal Kishore Choudhary, PhD (Editor)
Dr Jagannath Mishra College, Affiliated to Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India

Dolly Wattal Dhar, PhD (Editor)
Centre for Conservation and Utilisation of Blue Green Algae, Division of Microbiology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India

Series: Air, Water and Soil Pollution Science and Technology
BISAC: TEC003060

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The book Microbes in Soil and Their Agricultural Prospects is a collection of advantageous, informative, simulative and holistic viewpoints presenting basic and applied aspects of microbial functioning in soil. This book covers physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms of microbiomes pertaining to the production of available nitrogen (nitrogen fixation), phosphorus (P mobilization) and plant-growth promoting hormones for adaptation in agricultural soil. Responses between microbiomes and plants (known as plant-microbe interaction) corresponding to signal molecules and plant reactions to bacterial quorum sensing have been intricately presented as well.

This book covers most of the agriculturally important microbes (Bacteria, Frankia, Burkholederia, Cyanobacteria, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, Bacteriophages, Trichoderma). It addresses various issues in agricultural practices to make it more understandable for various levels of academia. Analysis of microbial diversity and advances in development of microbial fertilizers have also been incorporated to introduce young researchers with biofertilizer. This expert compilation of data analyzes most of the microorganisms supporting soil fertility and crop productivity that is of significant value for sustainable agronomic practices. It is invaluable not only for experienced scientists, research leaders, and agriculturalists, but also undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers beginning their careers.

Each chapter in this book has been a contribution from a qualified teachers or researchers of multiple expertise. The chapters are concentrated on microbial metabolism and its agricultural prospects. Concerted efforts have been made to make a quality compilation and presentation of microbiomes in soil. A lot of common queries and practices have been addressed to make it more interesting as well. Microbes in Soil and Their Agricultural Prospects will certainly serve as an invaluable, suitable and sustainable resource for students, teachers, and various scientists interested in sustainable agricultural practices for production of healthy foods.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Section A. Plant-microbe Interactions and Stress Tolerance

Molecular Signaling in Gram Negative Rhizobacteria: Biocontrol Perspectives and Ecological Implications
(Ankit Kumar, Sandeep Saini, Anil Prakash and B.N.Johri, Department of Biotechnology, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, and others)

Rhizobium-Legume Symbiosis and effects of Environmental Stresses on the Symbiosis
(Akhilesh Yadav, Asha Lata Singh, Ajay Kumar, Amit Kishore Singh, Kapil Deo Pandey, Major Singh, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and others)

Methylotrophic Bacteria in Relation to Soil and Plant Health
(D.D. Giri, Ajay Kumar, Lata Kumari, Pardeep Singh, D.B. Pal, K.D. Pandey, P.K. Mishra, Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Indian institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and others)

Microbial-Induced Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants
(Dilfuza Egamberdieva, Institute for Landscape Biogeochemistry, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany)

Rhizosphere and their Role in Plant-Microbe Interaction
(Ajay Kumar, Vandana, Akhilesh Yadav, Deen Dayal Giri, P. K. Singh and Kapil D. Pandey, Centre of Advance study in Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

Cyanobacteria or Blue-Green Algae: Sustainable Source of Soil Fertility and Crop Productivity
(Kaushal Kishore Choudhary and Dolly Wattal Dhar, Department of Botany, Dr Jagannath Mishra College, Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, and others)

Methods for Analyzing Diversity of Microbial Communities in Natural Environments
(Md. Fakruddin, Industrial Microbiology Laboratory, Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST), Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Review on UV-B Radiation Impact on Cyanobacteria and Possible Protection Mechanisms
(B. Praveena, P. Jyothsna, and S. D. S. Murthy, Department of Biochemistry, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, India)

Isolation and Characterization of Burkholderia from the Rhizosphere of Different Crops and its Plant Growth Promoting Activities
(S.Priyanka, M. Sivaji and R.Sridar, Department of Plant Biotechnology, Centre for Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu,
India)

Section B. Agricultural Prospects

Advances in the Development of Microbial Biofertilizers as a Tool for Sustainable Agriculture
(Vandana Bharti, Archana Mehta, Ashwani Kumar, Department of Botany, Dr. HarisinghGour University (Central University), Sagar, MP, India)

Prospects of Silicate Solubilizing Bacterial Inoculants in Sustainable Agriculture
(M. Sahul Hameed, R. Anandham, N. Premalatha, M. Karthik, M. Ranjith, P. Arul Jose, J. Prabaharan, S. Thiyageshwari and N. O. Gopal, Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Madurai, India, and others)

Bacteriophages – Next Generation Biocontrol Agent for Plant Disease Management
(R.Krishnamoorthy, V.Venkateswaran and M.Senthilkumar, Department of Environmental and Biological Chemistry, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Chungbuk, Republic of Korea, and others)

Biosurfactant and its Applications in Agriculture
(Nisha Daxini and Kinnari Mistry, Ashok & Rita Patel Institute of Integrated Studies in Biotechnology & Allied Sciences (ARIBAS), New Vallabh Vidhya Nagar – (Gujarat) India)

Suitability of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal (AM) Fungi for Sustainable Agriculture
(R. Lakshmipathy, V. C. Suvarna, and A. N. Balakrishna, Post Harvest Technology Centre, Bapatla, India, and others)

On Agricultural Importance of Cyanobacteria Mediated Phosphate Availability in Soil
(Keshwanand Tripathi, Ashwani K. Rai, and Naveen K. Sharma, Department of Microbiology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India, and others)

Molecular Tools in the Study of Soil Microbial Diversity: With an Emphasis on Phosphate Solubilizing Microorganisms
(Seema B. Sharma, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, KSKV Kachchh University, Mundra Road, Gujarat, India)

Phosphate Solubilizing Bacteria as Impending Biocontrol and Biofertilization Agents
(Kinjal Parikh, Anamika Jha and Nisha Daxini, Ashok and Rita Patel Institute of integrated Study and Research in Biotechnology and Allied Sciences, New Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand (Gujarat), India)

Potential Application of trichoderma sp. in Biocontrol of Soil Borne Disease
(Shalini Singh, Mohd. Aamir and R.S. Upadhyay, Centre of Advanced in Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

Involvement of Bacterial Strains in Metal Extractability from Fly Ash Isolated from Rhizospheric Zone of Fern Ampelopteris Prolifera Growing on Fly Ash Dumping Sites
(Alka Kumari, Biodiversity Division, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource technology, Palampur, India)

Influence of Microbial Populations on Biomass C, N and P under Areca catechu L. Based Traditional Homestead Garden of Northeast India
(Sumpam Tangjang, A. Arunachalam, K. Arunachalam and A. K. Shukla, University of Florida, Department of Schools of Forest Resources and Conservation, Gainesville, FL, USA and others)

Index

The book covers most of the microorganisms such as gram-negative and methylotrophic bacteria, cyanobacteria, VAM fungi, bacteriophages, Trichoderma, Burkholederia and Azolla-Anabaena symbiosis useful for sustainable agricultural practices. The beautiful compilation of basic and advanced knowledge on microbial functioning in soil towards agricultural produces will prove to be invaluable not only for experienced scientists, research leaders, agriculturalists, academicians but it will also be encouraging and valuable for beginners like Undergraduate, post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and, early career academicians.
It will certainly be helpful for biofertilizer producing industries, horticulture boards, environmental cleaning etc.

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