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.
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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
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.
Richa Salwan DST Young Scientist, University Centre For Research and Development, Chandigarh University, Punjab, India.
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.
Laith Tawfeeq Lecturer, Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture -University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.
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.