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Plant Microbe Symbiosis

  • Ajit Varma
  • Swati Tripathi
  • Ram Prasad

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Nitin Kumar, Priyanshi Srivastava, Kanchan Vishwakarma, Rajesh Kumar, Hasmitha Kuppala, Sanjiv Kumar Maheshwari et al.
    Pages 1-20
  3. Iván Oros-Ortega, Luis Alberto Lara-Pérez, Fernando Casanova-Lugo, Víctor Francisco Díaz-Echeverría, Gilberto Villanueva-López, Pablo J. Ramírez-Barajas et al.
    Pages 21-34
  4. Rinku Dhanker, Suman Chaudhary, Anju Kumari, Rakesh Kumar, Sneh Goyal
    Pages 75-103
  5. Rakesh Suchitra, Kaushik Rajaram, Nagarathinam Arunkumar, D. Siva Sundara Kumar
    Pages 105-113
  6. G. Chandramohan Reddy, R. K. Goyal, Shriniketan Puranik, Vijaykumar Waghmar, K. V. Vikram, K. S. Sruthy
    Pages 115-128
  7. Arjun Singh, Murugan Kumar, Shaloo Verma, Prassan Choudhary, Hillol Chakdar
    Pages 129-151
  8. Prachi Bhargava, Neeraj Gupta, Rajesh Kumar, Siddharth Vats
    Pages 153-176
  9. Ana Carolina Agnello, Irma Susana Morelli, María Teresa Del Panno
    Pages 177-201
  10. Arvind Kumar, Sruchi Devi, Himanshu Agrawal, Simranjeet Singh, Joginder Singh
    Pages 203-220
  11. Raja V. N. R. Vukanti
    Pages 241-261
  12. Ramesh Kumar Kushwaha, Vereena Rodrigues, Vinay Kumar, Himani Patel, Meenakshi Raina, Deepak Kumar
    Pages 263-286
  13. Deepkamal Jha, Shweta Kulshreshtha, Sunita Chauhan
    Pages 331-360

About this book


This book provides an overview of the latest advances concerning symbiotic relationships between plants and microbes, and their applications in plant productivity and agricultural sustainability.

Symbiosis is a living phenomenon including dynamic variations in the genome, metabolism and signaling network, and adopting a multidirectional perspective on their interactions is required when studying symbiotic organisms.

Although various plant-microbe symbiotic systems are covered in this book, it especially focuses on arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) symbiosis and root nodule symbiosis, the two most prevalent systems. AM symbiosis involves the most extensive interaction between plants and microbes, in the context of phylogeny and ecology. As more than 90% of all known species of plants have the potential to form mycorrhizal associations, the productivity and species composition, as well as the diversity of natural ecosystems, are frequently dependent upon the presence and activity of mycorrhizas.

In turn, root nodule symbiosis includes morphogenesis and is formed by communication between plants and nitrogen-fixing bacteria. The biotechnological application of plant–microbe symbiosis is expected to foster the production of agricultural and horticultural products while maintaining ecologically and economically sustainable production systems.

Designed as a hands-on guide, this book offers an essential resource for researchers and students in the areas of agri-biotechnology, soil biology and fungal biology.


Azolla-Anabaena Association Arbuscular Mycorrhiza symbiosis Legume-Rhizobium Symbiosis Microbe-Microbe interaction Mycorrhizal Symbiosis Nitrogen Fixation Plant-Microbe interaction Plant Surface Microbiology Rhizobium-Plant Symbiosis Root Nodule symbiosis Soil-Microbes-Plants Interaction Symbiotic Fungi Symbiotic Signaling

Editors and affiliations

  • Ajit Varma
    • 1
  • Swati Tripathi
    • 2
  • Ram Prasad
    • 3
  1. 1.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity UniversityNoidaIndia
  2. 2.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity UniversityNoidaIndia
  3. 3.Department of BotanyMahatma Gandhi Central UniversityMotihariIndia

About the editors

Prof Dr Ajit Varma: Professor Varma has completed his PhD at the age of 25 years from Allahabad University and Former Professor, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Presently, he is the Distinguished Scientist & Professor of Eminence of Amity Institute of Microbial Technology; Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, and Vice Chairman, Amity Science, Technology & Innovation Foundation Amity University Uttar Pradesh, India. He has published more than 314 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editor in Chief of Soil Biology Series, Springer Verlag Germany. Dr Varma is the Fellow of Alexander-von-Humboldt Society, Germany, elected Fellow of National Academy Agricultural Sciences and Fellow of Microbiology Society of India.

Dr Swati Tripathi: Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Noida, India. She is working on plant microbe interaction, and microbial biotechnology. Dr Tripathi has a number of research papers and review articles to her credit in the journals of international repute. She has her post doctoral experience from South Korea and has been awarded Early Career Research Award recently.

Dr Ram Prasad: Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Noida, India. He is working on plant microbe interaction, nanobiotechnology, and microbial biotechnology. Dr Prasad has edited several books and has a number of research papers and review articles to his credit in the journals of international repute. During 2014, Dr Prasad has been awarded American Cancer Society UICC International Fellowship for Beginning Investigator, USA. Presently, he is working as Research Associate Professor at School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, China.

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