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Microbiome Stimulants for Crops - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128221228

Microbiome Stimulants for Crops

1st Edition

Mechanisms and Applications

Editors: James White Ajay Kumar Samir Droby
Paperback ISBN: 9780128221228
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st April 2021
Page Count: 550
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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

  1. Microbial inoculants and other plant biostimulants (the industry and its issues)
    2. Types of microbial inoculants and biostimulants in the market place - and industry claims
    3. Biostimulant humic and fulvic acids and their stimulatory effects on the plant microbiome
    4. Biostimulant algae and how they function to support plant growth through microbiome stimulation
    5. Mycorrhizae as inoculants and use in crop production
    6. Endophytic microbes and their applications as biostimulants
    7. Methodologies for delivering microbial inoculants and other biostimulants
    8. Biostimulants for managing the soil microbiome to maximize benefits to crop plants
    9. Regenerative agriculture and the role of microbial inoculants and other biostimulants
    10. Biostimulants to increase plant nutrient supplies
    11. Controlling plant diseases using microbial inoculants
    12. Controlling weeds using microbial inoculants
    13. Protecting plant from abiotic stresses using microbial inoculants and biostimulants
    14. Microbial inoculants for remediation of soils with heavy metals
    15. Microbial inoculants to increase crop productivity in saline soils
    16. Use of diazotrophic microbes to establish biological nitrogen fixation in cereal crops
    17. Reducing the effects of climate change through use of microbial inoculants and other biostimulants.
    18. Use of microbial inoculants to improve crop quality
    19. Pyramiding/stacking of microbial inoculants, fertilizers, and other biostimulants to improve fertilizer use efficiency and plant hardiness.
    20. Engineering microbial inoculants for specific functions
    21. Challenges in formulation and commercialization of microbial inoculants
    22. Patenting protection and other strategies for microbial inoculants
    23. The future of microbial inoculants and stimulants of the plant and soil microbiomes


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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 200 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. Dr. Kumar completed his doctoral research from Department of Botany, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He has published more than sixty research articles and book chapters in the 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. He is an invited member of the editorial committee of the“International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences” and “Journal of Plant Science and Agriculture Research. He is also an active reviewer for journals including PLOS ONE, Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment, Biological Control, Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 3Biotech etc.

Affiliations and Expertise

Agriculture Research Organization, 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

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