Microbial Inoculants: Recent Progress and Applications

Microbial Inoculants: Recent Progress and Applications

1st Edition - October 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Vijay Kumar Sharma, Ajay Kumar, Michel Zambrano Passarini, Shobhika Parmar, Vipin Kumar Singh
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323990431

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In the recent past, beneficial microorganisms have been sustainably used in agriculture as a safe, economic, and effective alternative to chemical fertilizers or pesticides. These beneficial microbes, including bacteria, actinomycetes, and yeast, were efficiently applied in soil, seeds, fruits, or plants as inoculants, to achieve the optimum agricultural yield. An efficient delivery method or enhanced shelf life of microbial inoculants in the soil or seed is still a matter of concern. The response of local genetic or ecological factors, after microbial applications, are also unknown and less studied. Therefore, Microbial Inoculants: Recent Progress and Applications fulfills the need to explore and learn about an efficient delivery mechanism, selection of microbial strain as inoculants, and related technological advances, for the efficient and productive use of microbial inoculants. Moreover, factors like methods of formulation, interaction between host plant and microbe, impact of inoculation on the metabolomics of plants, the effect of microbial inoculants on soil dynamics, proteomics approach of plant-microbe interaction, as well as the registration and regulation process of bio inoculants for commercial production are described in 16 chapters by the leading academicians and researchers from different parts of the world.

Key Features

  • Sums up the latest approaches and advancements in the field of microbial inoculants in microbial formulations and applications
  • Proofs the potential development and applications of microbial inoculants as an alternative to chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides
  • Shows the impact of microbial inoculants on microbial dynamics, bioavailability, and abiotic stress mitigation
  • Gives insight in emerging challenges with the commercialization of microbial formulations, technology patenting, and legal perspectives


Researchers in microbial biotechnology in both academy and corporate settings, graduate students on related subjects. Microbiologists, plant pathologists, agronomists, molecular biologists, pharmacologist and related researchers, who want to work in the field of sustainable agriculture

Table of Contents

  • 1. Microbial inoculants: Recent progress in formulations and methods of application
    2. Microbial inoculants and their impact on pharmaceutical properties of medicinal plant
    3. Impact of microbial inoculants on microbial community of agroecosystem
    4. Harnessing the potential of microbial inoculants as an alternative to chemical fertilizers applications
    5. Microbial inoculants and their potential application in salinity management
    6. Metal tolerant microbial inoculants for improved phytoextraction
    7. Microbial inoculants for sustainable management of plant diseases
    8. Pesticide tolerant microbial inoculants for phytostabilization
    9. Seed priming with microbial inoculants for enhanced crop yield
    10. Organic waste decomposition by microbial inoculants as effective tool for environmental management
    11. Microbial inoculants for the management of herbicide toxicity in plants
    12. Immobilization of microbial inoculants for improving soil nutrient bioavailability
    13. Impact of microbial inoculants on soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics
    14. Challenges associated with production, commercialization and use of bioformulation
    15. Genetically modified inoculants for sustainable agriculture and industrial applications
    16. Patenting of Microbial technology for Sustainable Agriculture: Legal Perspective

Product details

  • No. of pages: 416
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: October 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323990431

About the Editors

Vijay Kumar Sharma

Dr.V.K. Sharma has a Ph.D. in Botany from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P., India. He has more than eleven years of research experience, particularly in the area of endophytes. His research interest is in the bio-potential applications of endophytes and their mechanism. He also has a keen interest in emerging environmental issues and mitigation. He is currently working on the role of fungal endophytes in heavy metal stress tolerance of host plants, and mechanism. Dr. Sharma has more than thirty research articles and book chapters in journals of national and international repute to his credit. He is lifetime member of Mycological Society of India (MSI). He is also the recipient of MJ Thirumalachar Young Scientist Award Lectures by MSI in 2016. He also received Yunnan provincial government funding-II. He has also actively participated in many national and international conferences, symposia and workshops related to his research field

Affiliations and Expertise

Kunming University of Science and Technology, Yunnan Province, P.R. China

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

Visiting Scientist, Agriculture Research Organization, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Volcani Center, Rishon, Lezziyon, Israel

Michel Zambrano Passarini

Shobhika Parmar

Dr. Parmar has a Ph.D. in Environment Science from from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, India. She has more than eight years of research experience, particularly in the area of toxic metal pollution of water bodies and soil, their phytoremediation, bio-prospects of endophytes in host plant growth enhancement and stress tolerance, and the mechanism. She has about 12 publications in journals and edited book of international repute such as Microbial Biotechnology and Elsevier. Recently she was awarded by the Yunnan provincial government, funding-II in China.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kunming University of Science and Technology, Yunnan Province, P.R. China

Vipin Kumar Singh

Dr. Vipin Kumar Singh is currently working as CSIR Research Associate in the Department of Botany, Centre of Advanced Study, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Botany from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India in the year 2015. He has worked in the UGC project entitled “Detoxification of arsenic contaminated groundwater by transgenic eco-friendly microbes.” He has more than nine years of research experience in the area of groundwater hydro-geochemistry and bioremediation approaches to clean the contaminated groundwater sites. His area of interest includes the use of fast-growing plants and microbes to clean the contaminated soil and water system. Dr. Singh has published eight book chapters, twenty-one research articles in journals of national and international repute. He is a life time member of Indian Association of Hydrologists (IAH) and Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI). Currently, he is the member of editorial board in Indian Journal of Microbiology research and Water open access journal. So far, he has reviewed more than dozens of research articles and book chapters of international repute. He has actively participated in many national and international seminars, symposia, conferences and workshop related to the application of microbes in the management of contaminated sites.

Affiliations and Expertise

CSIR Research Associate, Centre for Advanced Study in Botany, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

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