Seed Endophytes

Biology and Biotechnology

  • Satish Kumar Verma
  • James Francis  White, Jr

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Seed Endophytes: Introduction, and Methods for Assessment and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James Francis White Jr, Kathryn L. Kingsley, Susan Butterworth, Lara Brindisi, Judy W. Gatei, Matthew T. Elmore et al.
      Pages 3-20
    3. Haiyan Li, Shobhika Parmar, Vijay K. Sharma, James Francis White Jr
      Pages 35-54
    4. Satish K. Verma, Ravindra N. Kharwar, Surendra K. Gond, Kathryn L. Kingsley, James Francis White Jr
      Pages 55-82
    5. Birgit Wassermann, Eveline Adam, Tomislav Cernava, Gabriele Berg
      Pages 83-99
  3. Seed Endophytes: Ecology, Transmission and Adaptations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Pablo Hardoim
      Pages 103-125
    3. Rusty Rodriguez, Alec Baird, Sang Cho, Zachery Gray, Evan Groover, Roman Harto et al.
      Pages 127-137
    4. America Martinez-Rodriguez, Gloria Macedo-Raygoza, Aurora X. Huerta-Robles, Ileana Reyes-Sepulveda, Jhovana Lozano-Lopez, Evelyn Y. García-Ochoa et al.
      Pages 139-170
    5. Barbara Joan Schulz, Laura Rabsch, Corina Junker
      Pages 171-189
  4. Seed Endophytes: Biology and Functional Roles in Plant Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Gaurav Pal, Kanchan Kumar, Anand Verma, James Francis White Jr, Satish K. Verma
      Pages 213-236
    3. Neethu Sahadevan, E. K. Radhakrishnan, Jyothis Mathew
      Pages 237-257
    4. Elizabeth Lewis Roberts, Brendan Mormile, Christopher Adamchek
      Pages 259-271
    5. Daniel F. Caddell, Siwen Deng, Devin Coleman-Derr
      Pages 273-311
    6. Ron J. Deckert, Catherine A. Gehring, Adair Patterson
      Pages 335-361
  5. Seed Endophytes: Agricultural Applications and Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. María del Carmen Molina, James Francis White Jr, Kathryn L. Kingsley, Natalia González-Benítez
      Pages 365-384
    3. John Reshma, Chandran Vinaya, Mathew Linu
      Pages 385-403
    4. Akanksha Gupta, Hariom Verma, Prem Pratap Singh, Pardeep Singh, Monika Singh, Virendra Mishra et al.
      Pages 405-421
    5. S. Sreejith, R. Aswani, E. K. Radhakrishnan
      Pages 423-447
    6. Sandip Chowdhury, Rusi Lata, Ravindra N. Kharwar, Surendra K. Gond
      Pages 449-463
    7. Simon Maccracken Stump, Carolina Sarmiento, Paul-Camilo Zalamea, James W. Dalling, Adam S. Davis, Justin P. Shaffer et al.
      Pages 465-481

About this book


This book focuses on the importance and roles of seed microbiomes in sustainable agriculture by exploring the diversity of microbes vectored on and within seeds of both cultivated and non-cultivated plants. It provides essential insights into how seeds can be adapted to enhance microbiome vectoring, how damaged seed microbiomes can be assembled again and how seed microbiomes can be conserved. 

Plant seeds carry not only embryos and nutrients to fuel early seedling growth, but also microbes that modulate development, soil nutrient acquisition, and defense against pathogens and other stressors. Many of these microbes (bacteria and fungi) become endophytic, entering into the tissues of plants, and typically exist within plants without inducing negative effects. Although they have been reported in all plants examined to date, the extent to which plants rely on seed vectored microbiomes to enhance seedling competitiveness and survival is largely unappreciated. How microbes function to increase the fitness of seedlings is also little understood. 

The book is a unique and important resource for researchers and students in microbial ecology and biotechnology. Further, it appeals to applied academic and industrial agriculturists interested in increasing crop health and yield.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Satish Kumar Verma
    • 1
  • James Francis  White, Jr
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanyInstitute of Science, Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Plant BiologyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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