Molecular Aspects of Plant Beneficial Microbes in Agriculture

Molecular Aspects of Plant Beneficial Microbes in Agriculture

1st Edition - March 10, 2020

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  • Editors: Vivek Sharma, Richa Salwan, Laith Tawfeeq
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184691
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184707

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Molecular Aspects of Plant Beneficial Microbes in Agriculture explores their diverse interactions, including the pathogenic and symbiotic relationship which leads to either a decrease or increase in crop productivity. Focusing on these environmentally-friendly approaches, the book explores their potential in changing climatic conditions. It presents the exploration and regulation of beneficial microbes in offering sustainable and alternative solutions to the use of chemicals in agriculture. The beneficial microbes presented here are capable of contributing to nutrient balance, growth regulators, suppressing pathogens, orchestrating immune response and improving crop performance. The book also offers insights into the advancements in DNA technology and bioinformatic approaches which have provided in-depth knowledge about the molecular arsenal involved in mineral uptake, nitrogen fixation, growth promotion and biocontrol attributes.

Key Features

  • Covers the molecular attributes of biocontrol, PGPR and mycorrhizal associations involved in the three-way interaction between beneficial microbes-host-pathogen
  • Explores the role of technological interventions in exploring molecular mechanisms
  • Provides detailed and comprehensive insights about recent trends in the use of microbial genetic engineering for agricultural application


Graduate, postgraduate and PhD research scholars working in Agricultural Microbiology and Plant Pathology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Overview and challenges in the implementation of plant beneficial microbes

    2. Plant beneficial microbes: do they have a role as antiviral agents in agriculture?

    3. Multilegume biofertilizer: a dream

    4. The effect of incompatible plant pathogens on the host plant

    5. Language of plant-microbe-microbe interactions in rhizosphere ecosystems

    6. Application and biological impact of endophytic bacteria as IAA producers

    7. Molecular aspects of biocontrol species of Streptomyces in agricultural crops

    8. Root exudates, a key factor in the plant-bacteria interaction mechanisms

    9. Insight into plant-bacteria-fungi interactions to improve plant performance via remediation of heavy metals: an overview

    10. Signaling pathway of induced systemic resistance

    11. Role of fungal elicitors in plant defense mechanism

    12. Versality of Trichoderma in plant disease management

    13. Knock, knock- let the bacteria in: enzymatic potential of plant associated bacteria

    14. Beneficial role of viruses in plants

    15. Microbial phytases in plant minerals acquisition

    16. PGPR secondary metabolites: an active syrup for improvement of plant health

    17. Volatile organic compounds mediated plant-microbe interactions in soil

    18. Molecular mechanisms in plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPR) to resist environmental stress in plants

    19. Biogeographic distribution of chickpea rhizobia in the world

    20. Arbuscular mycorrhiza, a fungal perspective

    21. Engineering bacterial ACC deaminase for improving plant productivity under stressful conditions

    22. Role of rhizobacteria in alleviating salt stress

    23. Nematophagous and entomopathogenic fungi: new insights into the beneficial fungus-plant interaction

    24. Secondary metabolites and lytic tool box of trichoderma and their role in plant health

    25. Endophytic fungi: a positive association with plants

    26. Using molecular techniques applied to beneficial microorganisms as biotechnological tools for controlling agricultural plant pathogents and pest

    27. CRISPR/Cas9 mediated genome engineering in microbes and its application in plant beneficial effects

    28. Understanding the molecular basis of the tripartite interaction between host-pathogen-bioagent through proteomic approach

    29. Frankia and the actinorhizal symbiosis

    30. Advances in Frankia genome studies and molecular aspects of tolerance to enrigonmental stresses

    31. Tripartite interactions between plants, trichoderma and the pathogenic fungi

    32. Applications of agriculturally important microorganisms for sustainable crop production

    33. Beneficial microorganisms in the remediation of heavy metals

Product details

  • No. of pages: 454
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: March 10, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128184691
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128184707

About the Editors

Vivek Sharma

Dr. Sharma’s work focuses on molecular aspects of plant beneficial microbes. He has published several research papers in journals including International Journal of Biological macromolecules, Frontiers in Microbiology, European Journal of Plant Pathology, Current Microbiology, Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology. He is a reviewer in journals of international reputation such as MDPI Pathogens, Molecular Biotechnology, Folia Microbiology, Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, Archive of Microbiology etc. Dr. Vivek Sharma did his PhD from CSIR-Institute of Himalyan Bioresource Technology, Palampur Himachal Pradesh, India. Dr. Sharma has qualified CSIR-UGC junior Research Fellowship and awarded DST Young Scientist award under Fast Track Scheme. Dr. Sharma was selected for ARO post doc fellowship at Israel in 2017-18. He is presently working as Assistant Professor in University Centre For Research and Development at Chandigarh University, Punjab. He is having research experience of more than 12 years in exploring molecular attributes of Trichoderma involved in different plant benefits.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University Centre For Research and Development, Chandigarh University Punjab, India

Richa Salwan

Dr. Salwan is presently working as Young Scientist under DST funded project at Chandigarh University as Principal Scientist. She has published more than twenty research papers in journals of international reputations. She has also published 6 book chapters and presented her research in international conferences. She has been awarded National post doc fellowship (Npdf- SERB) in 2015 and 2017. She has completed her PhD in Biological Sciences from AcSIR – Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research, New Delhi India. She is working on the exploration of extremophiles for industrial relevant enzymes and agricultural benefits.

Affiliations and Expertise

DST Young Scientist, University Centre For Research and Development, Chandigarh University, Punjab, India

Laith Tawfeeq

Dr. Laith Al-Ani is a lecturer at the Dept. of Plant protection –College of Agriculture – University of Baghdad. He has completed his Ph.D. in plant pathology at the School of Biological Sciences, University Sains Malaysia. He is an expert in plant pathology and management of plant diseases with the plant-fungal interaction. His research is focused on using alternative methods of synthetic pesticides. He has published many chapters and papers on biological control agents to control plant pathogens. He is having research experience of more than 17 years in using biological control against plant pathogens and pests and isolated several biological control agents such as PGPR, nonpathogenic Fusarium, Trichoderma, other fungi and entomopathogen such as Fusarium that also involved in different plant benefits.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture -University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

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