Biocontrol Agents for Improved Agriculture

Biocontrol Agents for Improved Agriculture

1st Edition - December 15, 2022

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  • Editors: Ajay Kumar, Muhammad Bilal, Gustavo Santoyo, Joginder Singh
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443151996

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Biocontrol Agents for Improved Agriculture, a volume in the Plant and Soil Microbiome series, presents an advanced and current description of the important role of plant and soil microbiome in plant disease management. Including the latest biotechnological interventions for harnessing plant and soil microbiome and their potential in controlling plant pathogen/ disease, as well as the commercialization of biocontrol products and exploration of microbial derived bioactive compounds, this book provides an important reference on the challenges of biocontrol products. Each year, millions of tons of agricultural food commodities deteriorate or are lost entirely during pre- or postharvest conditions due to phytopathogens or plant diseases. Conventional management strategies of plant diseases include application of chemical pesticides or agrochemicals, but the extensive and continuous use of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides cause a range of negative consequences including, pest resistance, toxic food quality, environmental contamination, and others. The successful employment of plant and soil associated microorganisms in the plant disease or health management act as promising approach. Biocontrol Agents for Improved Agriculture explores the bacterial and fungal species successfully applied as plant and soil inoculant for the effective management of plant diseases. As these microbial biocontrol agents not only suppress the plant disease but also enhance the growth or agricultural production in sustainable ways, the book focuses on the molecular aspect of plant- pathogen interactions and their biocontrol strategies via the use of plant and soil microbiome This book is an important reference for those seeking sustainable, safe options for protecting against microbial agricultural loss and environmental damage.

Key Features

  • Presents emerging microbial biocontrol strategies for addressing plant pathogens
  • Covers production and commercialization of biocontrol products
  • Includes accessible, information illustrations of current trends in microbial biotechnology


Advanced level students and researchers in Agricultural Science, Plant Science and Environmental Science. Those seeking translational insights as part of increasingly multi-disciplinary work

Table of Contents

  • 1. Emerging microbial biocontrol strategies for plant pathogens
    2. Production and commercialization of biocontrol products
    3. The latest omics and technologies used in plant–soil microbiome in plant pathogen management
    4. Understanding Trichoderma: between biotechnology and microbial ecology
    5. Potential of microbial antagonists as biocontrol agents against plant fungal pathogens
    6. Formulation of microbial biocontrol agents–an industrial perspective
    7. Exploitation of microbial antagonists for the control of postharvest diseases of fruits
    8. Endophytic microbiota in plant disease management
    9. Endophytic microorganism as a source of bioactive compounds
    10. Microbial biofilm potential role in plant disease management
    11. Plant growth promoting bacteria in food security and plant disease management
    12. Beneficial yeast microbes in the fruit disease management
    13. Bacterial strains used in post-harvest management of fruits
    14. Engineered nanoparticles application in phytopathogen management
    15. Bacterial volatiles application in plant disease management
    16. CRISPER/ CAS techniques used in plant disease management
    17. The impact of climate change  on plant diseases and food security
    18. Insects–plants-pathogens: Toxicity, dependence and defense dynamics
    19. MicroRNAs in plant insect interaction and insect pest control

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: December 15, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443151996

About the Editors

Ajay Kumar

Dr. Ajay Kumar is a visiting scientist at the Agriculture Research Organization, Volcani center, Rishon Leziyon, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development Israel. He has published extensively in leading International and National journals or books. He has wide area of research experience, especially in the field of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Microbial biocontrol, and Endophytes related with the medicinal plants, Postharvest management of fruits. Dr. Kumar has published more than 165 research articles including review papers/book chapters/ books in the leading international journals. He is serving as special issue editors in some journals like “Frontiers in Microbiology, Microorganism” etc. In addition also acting as reviewer in some leading journals like Frontiers group, PLOS ONE, Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Biological Control, Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 3Biotech etc. Dr, Kumar has edited several books with leading publishers including Elsevier, Springer, and Taylor and Francis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept of Industrial Microbiology, Jacob Institute of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India

Muhammad Bilal

Prof. Muhammad Bilal is an associate professor in the School of Life Science and Food Engineering, Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huaian 223003, China and and Adjunct Researcher at Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has published more than 350 research papers in the leading international journals and also serve as Associate editor in several journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

associate professor in the School of Life Science and Food Engineering, Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huaian 223003, China and Adjunct Researcher at Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Gustavo Santoyo

Dr. Gustavo Santoyo obtained his Doctor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2005 and did postdoctoral studies during 2005-2007 at the Center for Cancer Research, NIH, USA, as well as a sabbatical year (2014-2015) at the Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He is currently a full-time research professor at the Institute of Chemical and Biological Research of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, in Morelia, Mexico. His research interest is led towards plant-microbe interactions, biocontrol of fungal pathogens, development of bioinoculants for agricultural crops, and basic research on microbial diversity of extreme environments. In these research areas has published 80 scientific publications with more than 4000 citations and a h-factor 29. In the Academy, He has supervised more than 30 doctoral, master and undergrad thesis. Dr. Santoyo is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the National Research System (SNI) of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) in Mexico.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institute of Chemical Biological Research (IIQB), Michoacan University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH), Mexico

Joginder Singh

Prof. Joginder Singh is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India. Previously, he has worked as Young Scientist at Microbial Biotechnology and Biofertilizer Laboratory, Department of Botany, Jai Narain Vyas University in Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. He is an active member of various scientific societies and organizations including, Association of Microbiologists of India, Indian Society of Salinity Research Scientists, Indian Society for Radiation Biology, and European Federation of Biotechnology. He has published extensively with Elsevier and Springer both in journals and books. He serves as a reviewer for many prestigious journals, including Current Research in Engineering, Science and Technology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Pedosphere, Soil and Sediment Contamination, Symbiosis, International Journal of Phytoremediation, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Annals of Agricultural Sciences, Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and many more.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India

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