Microbiome Stimulants for Crops

Microbiome Stimulants for Crops

Mechanisms and Applications

1st Edition - April 17, 2021

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  • Editors: James White, Ajay Kumar, Samir Droby
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128221600
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128221228

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Microbiome Stimulants for Crops: Mechanisms and Applications provides the latest developments in the real-world development and application of these crop management alternatives in a cost-effective, yield protective way. Sections address questions of research, development and application, with insights into recent legislative efforts in Europe and the United States. The book includes valuable information regarding mechanisms and the practical information needed to support the growing microbial inoculant and biostimulant industry, thus helping focus scientific research in new directions.

Key Features

  • Provides methods for finding and testing endophytic and growth promotional microbes
  • Explains the mechanisms of microbes and other biostimulant function in promoting plant growth
  • Evaluates methods for treatments of plants with microbes and microbiome stimulants
  • Identifies areas for new research


Researchers, industry professionals working with microbial technologies and plant biostimulants, plant pathologists, biocontrol investigators, agronomists, and environment technologists. Academics and advanced students in the above topics

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 

    1. Microbial endophytes: Evolution, diversity, community functions, and regulation  

    2. Friends in low places: Soil derived microbial inoculants for biostimulation and biocontrol in crop production 

    3. The roles of endophytes in modulating plant development 

    4. Epichloe endophytes stimulate grass development and physiological state in China 

    5. Endophytic microbes promote plant growth and alter host secondary metabolites 

    6. Epichloe endophytes of grasses, in particular their physiological interaction with plants 

    7. Potential application of plant growth promoting bacteria in bioenergy crop production 

    8. Soil microbiome to maximize the benefits to crop plants - A special reference to Rhizosphere microbiome 

    9. Belowground dialogue between plant roots and beneficial microbes 

    10. Microbial bio-active compounds in plant disease management 

    11. Microbial biocontrol formulations for commercial applications 

    12. Potential effect of microbial biostimulants in sustainable vegetable production 

    13. Microbes as bio stimulants: Tissue culture prospective 

    14. Biostimulants application in agriculture under abiotic stress conditions 

    15. Actinomycetes as bio stimulants and their application in agricultural practices 

    16. Role of microbial volatiles as an aromatic tool in management of crop productivity 

    17. Microbial consortia: approaches in crop production and  yield enhancement 

    18.  Fungal enzymes and their potential application as bio stimulants 

    19. Microbial cell factories for treatment of soil polluted with heavy metals: A green approach 

    20. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) as plant biostimulants 

    21. Nanobiotechnology of plant microbiome 

    22. Microbiome establishment, adaptation and their contributions to anaerobic stress tolerance and nutrient acquisition in rice 

    23. Soil physical and nutritional balance are essential for establishing a healthy microbiome 

    24. Microbiome stimulants for crops: Indicators for an Economically proficient sustainable agriculture 

    25. Plant microbiome: Diversity, distribution, and functional relevance in crop improvement and sustainable agriculture 

    26. Gene expression studies in crop plants for diseases management 

    27. Biomanagement of Fusarium spp. associated with oil crops

Product details

  • No. of pages: 504
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2021
  • Published: April 17, 2021
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128221600
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128221228

About the Editors

James White

Dr. James White is Professor of Plant Biology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. Dr. White obtained the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Botany and Plant Pathology/Mycology from Auburn University, Alabama, and the Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas, Austin in 1987. Dr. White specializes in symbiosis research, particularly endophytic microbes. He is the author of more than 400 articles, and author and editor of reference books on the biology, taxonomy, and phylogeny of microbial endophytes, including Biotechnology of Acremonium Endophytes of Grasses (1994), Microbial Endophytes (2000), The Clavicipitalean Fungi (2004), The Fungal Community: Its Organization and Role in the Ecosystem (2005; 2016), Defensive Mutualism in Microbial Symbiosis (2009) and Seed Endophytes: Biology and Biotechnology (2019). He and students in his lab are exploring diversity of endophytic and biostimulant microbes and the various impacts that they have on host plants.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Plant Biology, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

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

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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