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Microbial Biocontrol: Food Security and Post Harvest Management Volume 2

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 02/2022
Edizione: 1st ed. 2022


This second volume of a two-volume work reviews beneficial bioactive compounds from various microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, cyanobacteria in plant diseases management and the postharvest management of fruits using microbial antagonists. Furthermore, it reviews the impact of climate change on food security and addressed the legal aspects of microbial biocontrol applications.

The two-volume work “Microbial Biocontrol” introduces to mechanisms of plant-microbe interactions and explores latest strategies of how microbes can be applied in biocontrol and management of plant pathogens, replacing chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The book covers different groups of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, but also the interplay of entire microbiomes, and reviews their specific benefits in crop growth promotion, in enhancing the plants’ tolerance against biotic and abiotic stress as well as in post-harvest management of various plant diseases. Novel tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 and microbe derived nanoparticles are also addressed besides the legal aspects of biocontrol applications.

Today, rising global population and changing climatic conditions emerge as a major challenge for agronomist farmers and researchers in fulfilling the requirements of global food production. The conventional agricultural practices utilize undistributed use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to enhance growth and yield of agricultural products and fresh foods, but their extensive and continuous use have led to a range of negative consequences on the food quality and safety, to environment as well as to human and animal health. Microbial biocontrol applications are presented as a solution, paving the way to a sustainable agriculture in compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The book addresses researchers in academia and agriculture.



1. Impact of Climate Change on Food Security and Plant Diseases
Prof. Dr. Kubilay K. Bastas
Department of Plant Protection, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

2. The Endophytic Microbiome and its Role in Bioactive Compounds Production and Plant Disease Management
Dr. Madhuree Kumari
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India

3. Exploring the Hidden Bioactive Potential of Endophytic Actinomycetes Driving Towards Beneficial Applications
Dr. Soma Mondal
Department of Studies in Microbiology, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri, Karnataka, India

4. Cyanobacteria: Role in Bioactive Compound Production or Phytopathogen Management
Prof. Rajan Kumar Gupta
Department of Botany, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
5. Bioactive Compounds from Fungal Endophytes and their Therapeutic Potential
Dr. Sampat Nehra
Birla Institute of Scientific Research, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

6. Role of Trichoderma spp. in Biocontrol of Plant Diseases
Dr. Kandeeparoopan Prasannath, BSc
Department of Agricultural Biology, Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University, Chenkalady, Sri Lanka

7. CRISPR/Cas9: A Novel Weapon in the Arsenal to Combat Plant Diseases
Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh
Department of Biotechnology, Mizoram Central University, College Veng, Aizawl, India

8. Microbial Antagonists from Different Environments used in the Biocontrol of Plant Pathogens   Dr. L.G. Hernandez-Montiel
Northwest Biological Research Center, La Paz, Baja California Sur, México

9. Microbial Antagonists used in Citrus Postharvest Pathogen Management 
Dr. Ajay Kumar
Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) – Volcani Center, Rishon LeZion, Israel

10. Fire Blight Disease on Pome Fruits especially Apples and Pears for their Biological Control with Biopesticides
Prof. Dr. Kubilay K. Bastas
Department of Plant Protection, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

11. Post-Harvest Disease Management of Apple using Antagonistic Yeast
Dr. David Ruano-Rosa
Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de Castilla y León, Valladolid, Spain

12. Exploitation of microbial antagonists for the control of postharvest diseases
Dr. Lamenew Fenta
Department of Biology, Assosa University, Assosa, Ethiopia

13. Post-Harvest Disease Management of Fruits using Antagonistic Bacteria
Dr. Nalika Priyanwada Ranathunge
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana  Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka

14. Enhancement of Biocontrol Agents Activity by Compatible Treatments against Postharvest Disease
Dr. Tomas Rivas Garcia
Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, Baja California Sur, México

15.  Legal and Commercial Aspect of Microbial Control
Dr. Kshitiz Kumar Singh, LL.M.
Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, Delhi, India


Dr. Ajay Kumar is currently working as visiting scientist at the Department of Postharvest Science of the Agriculture Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center, Israel. Dr. Kumar completed his doctoral research at the Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He has published more than hundred research articles and chapters in the leading international journals or books. He has experience in a wide area of research, with a particular focus on fruit microbiome, postharvest management of fruits, microbial biocontrol, plant-microbe Interactions, and endophytes related to fruits. In addition, he is an invited member in the editorial committee of several leading journal as well as active reviewer for renowned international journals like, Postharvest Biology and Technology, Microorganism, Frontier in Microbiology, PLOS ONE, Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment, Biological Control, Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology  etc. Dr. Kumar is an experienced book editor who has published already several books of a global reach. 

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 688 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:XI, 334 p. 1 illus.
Pagine Arabe: 334
Pagine Romane: xi

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