Plants and Microbes in an Ever-Changing Environment


Satya Shila Singh (Editor)
Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: NAT026000

The ever-increasing human population, rapid development of industries and human introduction of different xenobiotic compounds have contaminated the three major abiotic environmental factors (i.e., air, water and soil) all over the world. Contamination of these factors exerts adverse impacts on existing plants and microbes. Microbes present in the air, water and soil are always exposed to the ever-changing environment and exhibit tremendous variations in their community structure. However, few environmental alterations have positive and beneficial impacts on microbes. Plants also show a number of detrimental symptoms such as reduced growth, delayed fruit ripening, altered photosynthesis, rapid leaf fall, early senescence and premature death of seedlings in response to the disintegration of air, water and soil quality. So, the survival of plants and microbes in these changing environments is under serious threat. However, it is interesting how plants and microbes, despite their extreme sensitivity to environmental changes, are surviving in these continuously changing environments. In this respect, a genomic study of plants and microbes may help to understand how they have overcome previous environmental changes because millions of years of natural selection have shaped their genome. Moreover, this process of acclimation to environmental stresses was further continued through the inheritance of the altered genome of the offspring. In brief, present-day plants and microbes have obtained the resistance power from their precursors, which they have developed during the course of evolution. Hence, this book entails the consequences of environmental changes in plants and microbes, and the strategies adapted by them for survival. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Bioremediation Potential of Soil Fungi in Arsenic Contaminated Soils
Vivek Kumar Singh, Chandra Bali Patel, Arti Tiwari, Punam Kumari and Ram Sanmukh Upadhyay (Centre of Advanced Study in Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

Chapter 2. Biodiversity of Indian Medicinal Plants as a Source for Anticancer Drugs
Kavindra Nath Tiwari, Awadhesh Kumar Mishra, Chandrashekhar Singh, Pradeep Kumar, and Jasmeet Singh (Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and others)

Chapter 3. Bioremediation of Airborne Hazardous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS)
Sudhir Kumar Pandey, Triratnesh Gajbhiye, Sweta Tiwari and Tanzil Gaffar Malik (Department of Botany, School of Life Sciences, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalya, Bilaspur, India)

Chapter 4. How Microbial Consortium Enhances the Stress Tolerance in Plants During Various Environmental Conditions
Shatrupa Ray, Sudheer Kumar Yadav, Birinchi Kumar Sarma, Harikesh Bahadur Singh, and Surendra Singh (Department of Botany, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and others)

Chapter 5. Deciphering the Basis of Salt Tolerance and Agricultural Utility of Frankia Strains Isolated from Hippophae salicifolia D. Don
Amrita Srivastavaa (Life Science Programme, Central University of South Bihar, Patna, India)

Chapter 6. NtcA Transcriptional Factor: A Global Nitrogen Regulator and Connecting Link Between Nitrogen Metabolism and Other Crucial Metabolisms
Manish Singh Kaushik, Meenakshi Srivastava, Anumeha Singh and Arun Kumar Mishra (Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

Chapter 7. Prospects of Antibiotic Producing Microorganisms in Agriculture
Pragya Saxena, Alok Kumar Srivastava, Prem Lal Kashyap, and Hillol Chakdar (National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Kusmaur, Maunath Bhanjan, India)

Chapter 8. Alleviation of Drought Stress in Plants through Microbial Interventions
Richa Raghuwanshi, Shilpam Sinha and Sandeep Kumar Gupta (Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

Chapter 9. Aluminium Toxicity and Defence Mechanisms in Plants
Sindhunath Chakraborty, Satya Shila Singh, Ekta Verma, Balkrishna Tiwari, and Arun Kumar Mishra (Laboratory of Microbial Genetics, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and others)

Chapter 10. Iron Uptake Strategies, Transportation and Storage Relevant to Plants and Microrganisms
Kikku Kunui, Robin Anigo Minj and Satya Shila Singh (Department of Botany, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India)

Chapter 11. Genomic Revolution in Crop Disease Diagnosis: A Review
Shikha Sharma, Pallavi Rai, Shalini Rai, Madhumita Srivastava, Prem Lal Kashyap, Abhishek Sharma, and Sudheer Kumar (Department of Plant Pathology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (Punjab), India, and others)

Chapter 12. Cyanobacterial Taxonomy and Systematics: A Brief Review
Prashant Singh (Microbial Culture Collection (MCC), National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune, India)

Chapter 13. Advancements in the Physiological and Biochemical Characterization of Cyanobionts from the Aquatic Pteridophyte Azolla
Ravindra Kumar Yadav, Pawan Kumar Singh, Pramod Wasudeo Ramtekec, Keshawanad Tripathi, and Gerard Abraham (Centre for Conservation and Utilization of BGA, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India, and others)

Chapter 14. Molecular Mechanisms of Heavy Metal Resistance in Bacteria
Vibhay Nath Tripathi (Department of Botany, Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur, India)

Chapter 15. Plants and Microbes Diversity at High Altitude
Vineeta Dixit and Dhananjay Shukla (DLS PG College, Ashok Nagar, Sarkanda, Bilaspur (CG), India, and others)

Chapter 16. Microbes and Cancer: A Mutual Intimacy
Naveen Kumar Vishvakarma (Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, India)

Chapter 17. Drought Stress: Role of Reactive Oxygen Species
Shalini Singh (Department of Botany, Kamla Nehru Institute of Physical and Social Sciences, Sultanpur, India)

Chapter 18. Efficacy Assessment of Cyanobacterial Biofertilizer in Maize Cropping in Indo-Gangetic Plains
Usha Pandey and Jitendra Pandey (Department of Botany, Faculty of Science and Technology, Mahatma Gandhi Kashividyapith University, Varanasi, India, and others)

Chapter 19. Biochemical Mobilization of Cyanobacteria Towards Sustainable Development
Kaushal K. Choudhary, Guddi Kumari and Ranjana Kumari (Department of Botany, Dr Jagannath Mishra College (Affiliated to B.R. Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur), Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, and others)

Chapter 20. Plant-Bacterial Interactions and Sustainable Crop Production: Physiological and Molecular Mechanisms
Ekta Verma, Savita Singh, Sindhunath Chakraborty, Niveshika and Arun Kumar Mishra (Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

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