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New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444639875, 9780444639882

New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering

1st Edition

Crop Improvement through Microbial Biotechnology

Editors: Ram Prasad Sarvajeet Singh Gill Narendra Tuteja
eBook ISBN: 9780444639882
Paperback ISBN: 9780444639875
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 20th February 2018
Page Count: 496
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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


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About the Editors

Ram Prasad

Ram Prasad

Ram Prasad, Ph.D. is associated with Department of Botany, Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar, India. His research interest includes applied microbiology, plant-microbe-interactions, sustainable agriculture and nanobiotechnology. Dr. Prasad has more than one hundred fifty publications to his credit, including research papers, review articles & book chapters and five patents issued or pending, and edited or authored several books. Dr. Prasad has twelve years of teaching experience and has been awarded the Young Scientist Award & Prof. J.S. Datta Munshi Gold Medal by the International Society for Ecological Communications; FSAB fellowship by the Society for Applied Biotechnology; the American Cancer Society UICC International Fellowship for Beginning Investigators, USA; Outstanding Scientist Award in the field of Microbiology by Venus International Foundation; BRICPL Science Investigator Award and Research Excellence Award etc. He has been serving as editorial board members: Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers in Nutrition, Phyton- International Journal of Experimental Botany; Academia Journal of Biotechnology including Series editor of Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences, Springer Nature, USA. Previously, Dr. Prasad served as Assistant Professor Amity University Uttar Pradesh, India; Visiting Assistant Professor, Whiting School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States and Research Associate Professor at School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Botany Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Bihar, INDIA

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 & 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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