Molecular Aspects of Plant Beneficial Microbes in Agriculture - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128184691

Molecular Aspects of Plant Beneficial Microbes in Agriculture

1st Edition

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Editors: Vivek Sharma Richa Salwan Laith Khalil Tawfeeq Al-Ani
Paperback ISBN: 9780128184691
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 13th March 2020
Page Count: 454
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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. Microbial diversity in agriculture
2. Biosafety assessment and regulation of beneficial microorganisms
3. Biology of beneficial microbes in agriculture
4. Microbial weapons for plant pathogens suppression and plant health
5. Recent developments in technologies and methods for harnessing beneficial attributes of microbes
6. Microbes in mineral acquisitions
7. Microorganisms as bio-control agents
8. Microorganisms in nitrogen-cycling
9. Molecular basis of mycorrhizal association
10. Molecular perspectives of beneficial microbes in agriculture
11. Scope of quorum sensing in plant microbe interaction
12. Strategies to target quorum sensing for plant health and developing resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses
13. Mining secretome of plant beneficial microbes
14. Siderophore production, biosynthesis and application in agriculture
15. Role of hydrophobins in plant microbe interaction
16. Omic tools and microbial genomics of plant-associated microbes
17. Biological insights from genome sequencing
18. A CRISPR toolbox to study for strain improvement
19. Proteomic aspect of plant microbe interaction
20. Emerging microbial biocontrol strategies for plant pathogens


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About the Editor

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 Khalil Tawfeeq Al-Ani

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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