Actinobacteria: Diversity and Biotechnological Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444639943

Actinobacteria: Diversity and Biotechnological Applications

1st Edition

New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Editors: Bhim Singh Vijai Gupta Ajit Passari
Paperback ISBN: 9780444639943
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st February 2018
Page Count: 362
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Actinobacteria: Diversity and Biotechnological Applications: New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering, a volume in the series New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering series, offers the latest on the biotechnology of Kingdom actinobacteria, covering unique niches like their endosphere, rhizospheric soil and contaminated sites, etc. The book also covers the bioactive secondary metabolites obtained from actinobacteria and describes the application of microorganism (Actinobacteria) in plant growth promotion and in environmental cleanup. Finally, the book describes the biocontrol aspects of actinobacteria and how they can control fungal phytopathogens and the production of secondary metabolites.

Key Features

  • Includes an overview of all types of actinobacteria, source and enzymatic activity
  • Lists various bioengineering methods for the production of these enzymes
  • Reviews numerous industrial applications of actinobacteria, i.e., crop improvement, removal of heavy metals, etc.
  • Offers unique coverage of the application of actinobacteria in bioremediation processes
  • Explores the plant growth promoting potential of endophytic actinobacteria
  • Describes biosynthetic potential genes associated with actinobacterial genome


Researchers and students in biotechnology, biochemical engineering, chemistry/biochemistry in academia, government labs and corporate labs and provides new ideas to the upcoming research students about various biological applications of Kingdom actinobacteria

Table of Contents

1. Molecular diversity of actinobacteria

2. Actinobacteria as biocontrol agents

3. Detection and expression of antimicrobial biosynthetic genes

4. Secondary metabolite production by actinobacteria

5. Role of actinobacteria in production of industrial enzymes

6. Actinobacteria: Source for natural product isolation

7. Actinobacteria: their role in dye decolorization

8. Anticancer compounds from actinobacteria

9. Bioengineering of production of enzymes and used for industry

10. Metabolic potential of endophytic actinobacteria

11. Biology of pathogenic actinobacteria

12. Novel perspectives of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in actinobacteria

13. Application of actinobacteria in plant growth promotion

14. Application for crop improvement and their prospects in agriculture

15. Application in biotransformation process

16. Importance of actinobacteria in bioremediation process

17. Recent trends in biosorption of heavy metals by actinobacteria

18. Biosynthesis of nanoparticles using actinobacteria

19. Antibiotic susceptibility profiling and detection of antibiotics produced by actinobacteria


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About the Editor

Bhim Singh

Dr. Bhim Pratap Singh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, Aizawl, Mizoram University, India, has more than 8 years of research experience in the field of molecular microbiology, DNA fingerprinting and biocontrol of plant diseases, biosynthetic potential of actinobacteria associated with medicinal plants. He has worked for last 8 years on microbial diversity and explored the microbial population associated with medicinal plants and rhizospheric soils of Mizoram. He completed four research projects on screening and characterization of endophytic actibacteria and fungi associated with medicinal plants and the rhizospheric soils funded by University Grants Commission, Government of India and Indian Council Agricultural Research, Government of India, New Delhi. Recently, his group isolated and characterise about 150 actinobacteria having biosynthetic potential isolated from traditional medicinal plants. Dr. Singh’s group has also focused on understanding the chemical composition traditional medicinal plants. In 2015-16, the group published 15 international and national research papers in high impact factor journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Aizawl, Mizoram University, India

Vijai Gupta

Dr. Vijai Kumar Gupta is the Co-lead Inventor of EI project, Molecular Glycobiotechnology, Department of Biochemistry, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway city, Ireland. He is on research leave from MITS University, India. Before joining NUIG, he worked as Assistant Professor of Biotechnology, FASC, MITS University, Lakshmangarh (Sikar), India. His area of expertise includes mycological research and plant-microbial interactions, bio-fuels and bioenergy research, and microbial biotechnology. He completed his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Dr. R.M.L. Avadh University, Faizabad, UP, India in 2009. He is one of the experts in the area of fungal biology and biotechnology. He is the active member of International Sub-commission on Trichoderma and Hypocrea, Austria and a working group member of the International Society for Fungal Conservation, UK. His work with Fusarium spp., Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Aspergillus spp. Penicillium spp., and Trichoderma spp. has been complemented by contributions to biotechnological development, molecular diversity, disease diagnostic, plant pathology, fungal-plant interaction, secondary metabolites, and industrial applications. Dr. Gupta is the Fellow of Prestigious- The Linnaean Society, London, UK; Fellow of Hind Agri Society, India; Fellow of Society of Applied Biotechnologist India; and Fellow of International Society of Contemporary Biologist, India. He has been honored with several awards in his career including the prestigious Indian ICAR Senior Research Fellowship and Indian Young Scientist Award 2009, 2011 & Gold Medal Award-2009 for his advanced research achievements in the field of fungal genetics and biology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Plant Pathology, USA; Senior Editor of Fungal Biology & Biotechnology, BioMed Central; Series Editor of a book series on fungal biology, Springer; and regional editor (Asia)/editorial board member of several International and national journals with many research/review publication/book chapter publications. He has edited about 16 books for publishers of international renown such as CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, USA; Springer, USA; Elsevier Press, The Netherlands; Nova Science Publisher, USA; LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany; and CABI, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Molecular Glyco-biotechnology Group, School of Natural Sciences, NUI Galway, Ireland

Ajit Passari

Dr. Ajit Passari, Senior Researcher, Department of Biotechnology, Aizawl, Mizoram University, India, has more than five years of research experience on several applied aspects of actinobacteria like plant growth promoting potential, secondary metabolites production etc. His doctorate thesis was on “DNA Fingerprinting of endophytic actinobacteria associated with medicinal plants and screening for their biosynthetic potential”. He has practical experience on the isolation and characterization of endophytic actinobacteria and screening for various biological activities. Mr. Passari has published 15 high impact factor international papers and 6 national papers in well reputed journals like Frontiers in Microbiology, Plos One, Research in Microbiology, microbiological research etc. Dr. Passari has attended several national and international confrences and warded as best oral presenter in one of them.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, Department of Biotechnology, Aizawl, Mizoram University, India