The Role of Photosynthetic Microbes in Agriculture and Industry


Keshawanad Tripathi (Editor)
Centre for Conservation and Utilization of Blue Green Algae, IARI, New Delhi, India

Narendra Kumar (Editor)
IMS Engineering College, Ghaziabad, (U.P.), India

Gerard Abraham (Editor)
ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Series: Microbiology Research Advances
BISAC: SCI045000

The photosynthetic microbes including microalgae and cyanobacteria are the most widespread photosynthetic organisms on Earth. These organisms thrive successfully in a wide range of ecological habitats, ranging from marine and freshwater to terrestrial environments. The short generation time and capability to fix the atmospheric N2 and cosmopolitan distribution make these organisms unique.

Photosynthetic microbes such as cyanobacteria are used as biofertilizer for rice paddy and their application improves soil physico-chemical characteristics and the mineral nutrient status of the soil. However, in recent times they have been exploited for the production of several fine chemicals and biofuel. Due to their simple cellular organization, the bare minimum requirement of nutrients and ease of cultivation, recently the microalgae have been exploited and accompanied by the capacity to produce bio-energy, especially bio-diesel.

Use of photosynthetic microbes in wastewater treatment has also generated considerable interest in the scientific community and industry at large. Bioremediation using photosynthetic microbes is an emerging area of research and the organisms accumulate or degrade several environmental contaminants and heavy metals. Because of the antagonistic properties, they are also a potential source of various bioactive compounds. In brief, the potential of photosynthetic microbes could be harnessed for economic viability and sustainability of agro-ecosystems. This book attempts to highlight the potential and prospects of the photosynthetic microbes for the welfare of mankind in view of the anticipated population explosion and global climate change.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. An Introduction to Cyanobacteria: Diversity and Potential Applications
(Balu Govinda Meshram and Bupal Baburao Chaugule, Department of Botany, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India)

Chapter 2. Lipid Derived Products from Microalgae: Downstream Processing for Industrial Application
(Saumyakanti Khanra, Kalyan Gayen, Gopinath Halder, Tridib Kumar Bhowmick, Gunapati Oinam and Onkar Nath Tiwari, Department of Chemical Engineering, NIT Agartala, West Tripura, India, and others)

Chapter 3. Micro-Algae as an Effective Tool for Wastewater Treatment and Management
(Jaspal Singh Chauhan and Vineet Kumar Maurya, Department of Himalayan Aquatic Biodiversity School of Life Sciences, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal, India, and others)

Chapter 4. Microalgae as a Sustainable Source of Bioenergy: Present Status and Future Prospects
(Surendra Singh, Rishibha Dixit and Ankita Kachhwaha, Algal Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of P.G. Studies and Research in Biological Science, Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India, and others)

Chapter 5. Algal Based CO2 Sequestration: A Sustainable Route for CO2 Mitigation
(Shailendra Kumar Singh, Sushil Kumar Singh, Vinod Kumar Kannaujiya, Md Akhlaqur Rahman, Kritika Dixit, Adinath, Suman Kapur and Shanthy Sundaram, Department of Biological Science, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani-Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad-Telangana, India, and others)

Chapter 6. Cyanobacteria: A New Terminus for Anti-Infectious Agents
(Sachin Tyagi, Preeti Singh and Rahul Kunwar Singh, Department of Botany and Microbiology, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India)

Chapter 7. Utilization of Microalgal Biomass as a Source of Bioenergy
(Pankaj Kumar Rai, Abudukeremu Kadier, Manish Kumar and Sureshwer Prashad Singh, Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Centre, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, and others)

Chapter 8. A New Insight into the Commercial Applications of Halotolerant Green Alga Dunaliella
(Pradeep Kumar Rai, Anuradha Rai and Surendra Singh, Centre of Advanced Study in Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India)

Chapter 9. Bioremediation by Microalgae
(Behl Kannikka, Charan Pasupuleti Seesha, and Subhasha Nigam Subhasha, Algal Biotechnology Lab, Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India)

Chapter 10. Recent Advances in the Production and Purification Technology of Phycobiliproteins: A Sustainable Approach
(Vinod K. Kannaujiya, Md. Akhlaqur Rahman, Adi Nath, Shailendra K. Singh, Shanthy Sundaram and Rajeshwar P. Sinha, Department of Botany, MMV, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, In Keshawanand Tripathi, Ravindra Kumar Yadav, Yadurappa Prashad Reddy, Devendra Kumar, Centre for Conservation and Utilization of Blue Green Algae, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Indiadia, and others)

Chapter 11. Genetic Modification of Cyanobacteria for Sustainable Agriculture
(Meenakshi Singh, Manoj Kumar Tripathi, Smita Shukla and Keshawanand Tripathi, Institute of Bioengineering and Biological Sciences, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, and others)

Chapter 12. Bioremediation of Pesticides Residues: A Phycological Approach
(Savita Singh, Jeevan Kumar, Mohd. Imran, Madan Kumar, Arvind Nath Singh, Manoj Kumar Tripathi and Ashutosh Kumar, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and others)

Chapter 13. Biosynthesis and Biotechnological Potential of UV-Absorbing Compounds in Microalgae
(Md. Akhlaqur Rahman, Shailendra K. Singh, Vinod K. Kannaujiya, Kritika Dixit, Adi Nath and Shanthy Sundaram, Centre of Biotechnology, Nehru Science Centre, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India, and others)

Chapter 14. Adaptive Strategies of Cyanobacteria in Response to Salinity
(Keshawanand Tripathi, Ravindra Kumar Yadav, Yadurappa Prashad Reddy and Devendra Kumar, Centre for Conservation and Utilization of Blue Green Algae, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India and others)



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