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Microbial Biocontrol: Sustainable Agriculture and Phytopathogen Management Volume 1

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 05/2022
Edizione: 1st ed. 2022


This first volume of a two-volume work presents the manifold applications of beneficial microbes and microbiomes in plant growth promotion, in enhancing crop resilience and in control of phytopathogens through microbial antagonists. In-depth insights into latest technologies such as biopriming of seeds and soil inoculation of rhizosphere microorganisms are provided.

The two-volume work “Microbial Biocontrol” introduces 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. Understanding of Molecular-based Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Dr. Anil Malik

Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) – Volcani Center, Rishon LeZion, Israel



2. Host-Induced Gene Silencing: Approaches in Plant Disease Management

Prof. Dr. Kubilay K. Bastas

Department of Plant Protection, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey



3. Mechanisms of Antagonism: Hyperparasitism and Antibiosis

Dr. Sampat Nehra

Birla Institute of Scientific Research, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India



4. Microbial Proteins in Plant Defense  

Prof. Sivakumar Uthandi

Department of Agrl. Microbiology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India



5. Microbial Consortia Application in Food Security and Plant Disease Management

Prof. James White          

Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University, NJ, USA



6. Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria: Aspect in Phytopathogen Management

Prof. Galdino Andrade

Microbial Ecology Laboratory, Department of Microbiology, State University of Londrina, Brazil



7. Microbial Inoculants Prospects in Plant Disease Management

Dr. Becky Nancy Aloo

Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania



8. Plant Disease Management through Microbiome Modulation

Dr. Radhakrishnan E.K. 

School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India



9. Microbial Synthesized Nanoparticles and their Application in Plant Disease Management

Dr. Sougata Ghosh         

Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA



10. Biopriming of Seeds for Disease Tolerance and Phytopathogen Management

Dr. Nalika Priyanwada Ranathunge        

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka



11. Microbial Volatiles Synthesis and Application in Phytopathogen Management

Prof. Anandmay Barik   

The University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India



12. Biological Control of Oomycete Phytopathogens by Plant-associated Beneficial Bacteria

Dr. Md Tofazzal Islam

Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (IBGE),Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University ,Gazipur, Bangladesh



13. Rhizosphere Microbes: Application in Plant Defense and Phytopathogen Management

Dr. Becky Nancy Aloo

Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania



14. Beneficial Fungal Strains:  Molecular Approaches in Plant Disease Management

Dr. Hasan Can

Krygyz-Turkish Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan



15. Bioprospecting new generation biocontrol strategies: A viable solution for attaining agricultural security and food safety  

Dr. Nitika Thakur             

Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan, 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 735 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:X, 369 p. 1 illus.
Pagine Arabe: 369
Pagine Romane: x

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