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.
- 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
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
Ram Prasad, Ph.D. is assistant professor at the Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India. His research interest includes plant-microbe interactions, fungal biology, sustainable agriculture, and microbial nanobiotechnology. Dr. Prasad has more than hundred publications to his credit, including research papers and book chapters and five patents issued or pending, and edited or authored several books. Dr. Prasad has 12 years of teaching experience, and he has been awarded the Young Scientist Award (2007) and Prof. J. S. Datta Munshi Gold Medal (2009) by the International Society for Ecological Communications, the FSAB fellowship (2010) by the Society for Applied Biotechnology, the Outstanding Scientist Award (2015) in the field of microbiology by Venus International Foundation, UICC Fellows (USA, 2015) and the American Cancer Society UICC International Fellowship for Beginning Investigators (USA, 2014). In 2014-2015, Dr. Prasad served as visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Gill, Sarvajeet Singh
Currently assistant professor at MD University, Rohtak, India, Sarvajeet Singh Gill has made significant contributions to abiotic stress tolerance. Sarvajeet Gill's main area of research includes genetic engineering, stress physiology and molecular biology. Together with Narendra Tuteja he is working on plant helicases and discovered a novel function of plant MCM6 and PHH45 in tobacco and rice for salinity stress tolerance that will help to improve crop production at sub-optimal conditions. Furthermore, he also reported that Cd at high dose perturbs growth, photosynthesis and nitrogen metabolism while at low dose it up regulates sulfur assimilation and antioxidant machinery in garden cress. Sarvajeet Gill has edited several books and has a number of research papers, review articles, and book chapters to his name.
An elected fellow of numerous national & international academies, Narendra Tuteja is currently Professor and head at Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, NOIDA and visiting Scientist at 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 G? and G? G-proteins. Narendra Tuteja also reported several high salinity stress tolerant genes from plants and fungi and developed salt/drought tolerant plants.