Microbial Management of Plant Stresses

Microbial Management of Plant Stresses

Current Trends, Application and Challenges

1st Edition - July 31, 2021

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  • Editors: Ajay Kumar, Samir Droby
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323859202
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323851930

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Microbial Management of Plant Stresses: Current Trends, Application and Challenges explores plant microbiota including isolated microbial communities that have been used to study the functional capacities, ecological structure and dynamics of the plant-microbe interaction with focus on agricultural crops. Presenting multiple examples and evidence of the potential genetic flexibility of microbial systems to counteract the climate induced stresses associated with their host as a part of indigenous system, this book presents strategies and approaches for improvement of microbiome. As climate changes have altered the global carbon cycling and ecological dynamics, the regular and periodic occurrences of severe salinity, drought, and heat stresses across the different regimes of the agro-ecological zones have put additional constraints on agricultural ecosystem to produce efficient foods and other derived products for rapidly growing world population through low cost and sustainable technology. Furthermore chemical amendments, agricultural inputs and other innovative technologies although may have fast results with fruitful effects for enhancing crop productivity but also have other ecological drawbacks and environmental issues and offer limited use opportunities. Microbial formulations and/or microbial consortia deploying two or multiple partners have been frequently used for mitigation of various stresses, however, field success is often variable and improvement Smart, knowledge-driven selection of microorganisms is needed as well as the use of suitable delivery approaches and formulations. Microbial Management of Plant Stresses: Current Trends, Application and Challenges presents the functional potential of plant microbiota to address current challenges in crop production addressing this urgent need to bring microbial innovations into practice.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates microbial ecosystems as an indigenous system for improving plant growth, health and stress resilience
  • Covers all the novel aspects of microbial regulatory mechanism. Key challenges associated with microbial delivery and successful establishment for plant growth promotion and stress avoidance
  • Explores plant microbiome and the modulation of plant defense and ecological dynamics under stressed environment


The target audience will be the faculty, university students, and researchers, industries professionals working with microbial technologies, agronomists, plant bio stimulants, plant stress tolerance investigators, and environment technologists. University students and researchers of  Microbial biotechnology/  Agricultural biotechnology/ Stress physiology/Agronomy

Table of Contents

  • 1. Facultative Fungal Endophytes and its potential for the development of sustainable agriculture

    2. Microbial Behaviour and Response towards Salinity Stresses and Plants Productivity

    3. The paradoxical role of sulfur bacteria on the thermodynamic maintenance of aquatic ecosystems

    4. Bacterial alleviation of Draught stress in plants: Potential mechanism and challenges

    5. A Nano-AGRO formulation strategy: combatting plant stresses via linking agri -sustainability and environmental safety

    6. The new green revolution and rhizobacterial volatile organic compounds recent progress and future prospects

    7. Molecular Mechanism and Signaling Pathways Interplay between Plant Hormones during Plant-microbe crosstalk

    8. Omics and approaches in plant stress management

    9. Root endophyte and their contribution towards plant abiotic stress mangement

    10. Deciphering fungal endophytes combating abiotic stresses in crop plants

    11. Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds : A cleaner and greener way of agro-stress management

    12. Advances in sensing plant disease by imaging and machine learning methods for precision crop protection

    13. Microbial mitigation of Drought Stresses: Potential Mechanisms and Challenges

    14. Bioinformatics role in Studying Microbe mediated biotic and abiotic stress tolerance

    15. RHIZOBIUM: Eco-Friendly Microbes for Global Food Security

    16. Impact of abiotic stress on the growth and development of plant roots

    17. Microbial Management of Crop Abiotic Stresses: Current Trends and Prospects

Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2021
  • Published: July 31, 2021
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323859202
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323851930

About the Editors

Ajay Kumar

Dr. Ajay Kumar is a visiting scientist at the Department of Postharvest Science, Agriculture Research Organization, Volcani Center, Rishon LeZion, 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 at the Department of Postharvest Science in Agriculture Research Organization, Volcani Center, Rishon LeZion, Israel

Samir Droby

Prof. Samir Droby is a senior research scientist at the ARO, the Volcani Center and Professor of Plant Pathology and postharvest Sciences at the Division of Biochemistry and Food Science at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2013, he has been serving as the chair of the Postharvest Pathology Subject Matter Committee of the International Society of Plant Pathology. His research expertise include developing biological and natural based control strategies for postharvest diseases, microbiome of harvested commodities, mode of action of yeast biocontrol agents, pathogenicity mechanisms of Penicillium species on citrus and apple fruit and resistance mechanisms of fruits against postharvest pathogens. Prof. Droby has published more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 25 review articles and 27 book chapters on various topics related to postharvest pathology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Scientist, ARO, Volcani Center and Professor of Plant Pathology and postharvest Sciences, Division of Biochemistry and Food Science, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

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