Microbes and Microbial Technology

Agricultural and Environmental Applications

  • Iqbal Ahmad
  • Farah Ahmad
  • John Pichtel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Iqbal Ahmad, Mohd Sajjad Ahmad Khan, Farrukh Aqil, Mahipal Singh
    Pages 1-27
  3. Anand Jain, Enrico Marsili, Narayan B. Bhosle
    Pages 59-85
  4. Vinod Singh, Sarika Amdekar, Hariom Yadav, Nagendra Nath Mishra, Shailini Jain
    Pages 87-100
  5. Javed Musarrat, Sourabh Dwivedi, Braj Raj Singh, Quaiser Saquib, Abdulaziz A. Al-Khedhairy
    Pages 101-126
  6. Iqbal Ahmad, Mohd Sajjad Ahmad Khan, Fohad Mabood Husain, Maryam Zahin, Mahipal Singh
    Pages 127-161
  7. Javed Ahamad Khan, R. S. Rathore, Iqbal Ahmad, Shaheen Khan
    Pages 189-206
  8. Mohd Ikram Ansari, Farhana Masood, Abdul Malik
    Pages 283-319
  9. Iqbal Ahmad, Mohd Imran, Mohd Ikram Ansari, Abdul Malik, John Pichtel
    Pages 321-361
  10. Munees Ahemad, Mohammad Saghir Khan
    Pages 393-413
  11. Flavio Moscardi, Marlinda Lobo de Souza, Maria Elita Batista de Castro, Mauricio Lara Moscardi, Boguslaw Szewczyk
    Pages 415-445
  12. Mujeebur Rahman Khan, M. Arshad Anwer
    Pages 447-488
  13. Zaki A. Siddiqui, Ryota Kataoka
    Pages 489-506
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 507-516

About this book


Awareness of the role of microbes and microbial biotechnology in improving the quality of life has been recognized worldwide. Today, what is urgently needed an is exploration of new microbes and novel genes for solving some of the major challenges of the 21st century with particular reference to sustainable agriculture, the environment and human health. Therefore, it is realized that a book addressing microbes and microbial technology must be made available to meet the critical gap in applied microbiology and microbial technology for students, researchers and technology development professionals. It is expected that this book will serve as an invaluable overview of recent advances in this field for microbial biotechnology professionals and for other professionals with interests in sustainable agriculture and environmental health. The book covers a broad area which includes microbial diversity exploration and detection of microbial pathogens in food, concepts and applications of microbial biofilms, genetic exchange in bacterial populations in the natural environment, classical and modern techniques for studying and tracking plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria, bioremediation of contaminated soil and water using microbial surfactants, bioaugmentation–assisted phytoremediation, and degradation of agricultural pesticides by soil bacteria. Biosorption of common heavy metals by microbial biomass, recent trends in the role of baculoviruses and fungal-based agents in controlling plant pests and disease, and production technology of mycorrhizal fungi are addressed in depth. Trends in new frontiers of microbiology such as quorum sensing, biosensors, nanobiotechnology  and  probiotics are also covered.

This book is based on the contribution of authors and experts from different parts of the world in the areas of applied and environmental microbiology and microbial technology. This work is a significant contribution to research in this increasingly important discipline and is relevant for students and researchers in microbiology, agriculture, the environment, and soil and crop sciences. This book will also be of much interest and useful for biotechnologists and industries involved in management of agricultural and environmental problems and those seeking novel applications of the microbial world.


Environmental Engineering Biotechnology Environment Engineering Agriculture Microbiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Iqbal Ahmad
    • 1
  • Farah Ahmad
    • 2
  • John Pichtel
    • 3
  1. 1.Fac. Agricultural Sciences, Dept. Agricultural MicrobiologyAligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia
  2. 2.of Biomedical Sciences and Research, Department of MicrobiologySardar Bhagwan Singh Post Graduate InstiDehradunIndia
  3. 3., Natural Resources and Environmental ManaBall State UniversityMuncieUSA

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