New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering

New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Crop Improvement through Microbial Biotechnology

1st Edition - February 20, 2018

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  • Editors: Ram Prasad, Sarvajeet Singh Gill, Narendra Tuteja
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444639882
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444639875

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Crop Improvement through Microbial Biotechnology explains how certain techniques can be used to manipulate plant growth and development, focusing on the cross-kingdom transfer of genes to incorporate novel phenotypes in plants, including the utilization of microbes at every step, from cloning and characterization, to the production of a genetically engineered plant. This book covers microbial biotechnology in sustainable agriculture, aiming to improve crop productivity under stress conditions. It includes sections on genes encoding avirulence factors of bacteria and fungi, viral coat proteins of plant viruses, chitinase from fungi, virulence factors from nematodes and mycoplasma, insecticidal toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis, and herbicide tolerance enzymes from bacteria.

Key Features

  • Introduces the principles of microbial biotechnology and its application in crop improvement
  • Lists various new developments in enhancing plant productivity and efficiency
  • Explains the mechanisms of plant/microbial interactions and the beneficial use of these interactions in crop improvement
  • Explores various bacteria classes and their beneficial effects in plant growth and efficiency


Students, scientists and researchers at universities, industries, and government agencies interested in microbial biotechnology, food producing, crop improvement and all disciplines related to microbial biotechnology

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Use of Microorganisms for Gene Transfer and Crop Improvement
    2. Actinomycetes as potential plant growth promoting microbial communities
    3. Microbial genes in crop improvement
    4. Microbial transformations implicit with soil and crop productivity in rice system
    5. Application of Microbial Biotechnology in Food Processing
    6. Innate immunity engaged or disengaged in plant-microbe interactions
    7. Novel Strategies for Engineering Resistance to Plant Viral Diseases
    8. Molecular characterization of sugarcane viruses and their diagnostics
    9. Cyanobacterial Biodiversity and Biotechnology: A Promising Approach for Crop Improvement
    10. Pseudomonas flourescens - A Potential Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) and biocontrol agent
    11. Crop Improvement Through Microbial Technology: a Step Towards Sustainable Agriculture
    12. Microbial technologies for sustainable crop production
    13. Trichoderma, its multifarious utility in crop improvement
    14. Microbe-mediated enhancement of nitrogen and phosphorus content for crop improvement
    15. Microbiome in Crops: Diversity, distribution and potential role in crops improvements
    16. Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR): Perspective in Agriculture under Biotic and Abiotic stress
    17. Rhizosphere metabolite profiling: An opportunity to understand plant–microbe interactions for crop improvement
    18. Phosphate-solubilizing Pseudomonads for improving crop plant nutrition and agricultural productivity
    19. Targeted Genome editing for crop improvement in post genome sequencing era
    20. Endophytic Microorganisms: Their Role in Plant Growth and Crop Improvement
    21. Microbes in crop improvement: future challenges and perspective
    22. Plant-microbe interaction and genome sequencing: an evolutionary insight
    23. Crop breeding using CRISPR/Cas9

Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: February 20, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444639882
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444639875

About the Editors

Ram Prasad

Ram Prasad
Dr. Ram Prasad is an Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi Central University. His expertise is in microbial biotechnology. He has won several awards including Award for Research Excellence (6th Academic Brilliance Awards). He was included in the Most Top Cited Authors in 2018 (reported by Stanford University in 2021). He is a member of many scientific committees, published ~146 research articles, contributed ~30 book chapters, is an editorial board member of several journals in microbiology and biotechnology and belongs to several committees abroad.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi Central University

Sarvajeet Singh Gill

Dr. Sarvajeet Singh Gill is an Assistant Professor at Centre for Biotechnology, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. His research focus includes Agricultural Plant Biotechnology; Biotic & Abiotic stress biology, plant microbe interaction and in-silico understanding of plant genomes. In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities he has served as Associate Editor for the Brazilian Journal of Botany, and as Guest Editor of Plant Genes. He was Guest Editor of BioMed Research International’s Special Issue (Plant Stress & Biotechnology); Frontiers in Plant Science, Section-Environmental Toxicology (Topic Title: Phytotoxicity of high and low levels of plant-beneficial heavy metal ions); Frontiers in Plant Science, Section-Crop Science and Horticulture (Topic Title: The Brassicaceae - agri-horticultural and environmental perspectives); Frontiers in Plant Science, Section-Plant Physiology (Topic Title: Recent insights into the double role of hydrogen peroxide in plants); and Functional Genomics Approaches to Decipher Plant Resilience to Environmental Stresses (International Journal of Plant Genomics).

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Ag. Biotechnology, Stress Physiology and Molecular Biology Lab, Centre for Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, MD University, Rohtak, India

Narendra Tuteja

An elected fellow of numerous national and international academies, Dr. Narendra Tuteja is currently Professor and head at Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, NOIDA, India, and visiting Scientist at International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India. He has made significant contributions to crop improvement under adverse conditions, reporting the first helicase from plant and human cells and demonstrating new roles of Ku autoantigen, nucleolin and eIF4A as DNA helicases. Furthermore, he discovered novel functions of helicases, G-proteins, CBL-CIPK and LecRLK in plant stress tolerance, and PLC and MAP-kinase as effectors for Gα and Gβ G-proteins. Narendra Tuteja also reported several high salinity stress tolerant genes from plants and fungi and developed salt/drought tolerant plants.

Affiliations and Expertise

Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Noida, India; Visiting Scientist at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India

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