Endophytes: Crop Productivity and Protection

Volume 2

  • Dinesh K. Maheshwari
  • K. Annapurna

Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Dinesh K. Maheshwari, Shrivardhan Dheeman, K. Annapurna
    Pages 1-9
  3. Akshit Puri, Kiran Preet Padda, Chris P. Chanway
    Pages 11-45
  4. Yelugere L. Krishnamurthy, B. Shankar Naik
    Pages 47-60
  5. Abhishek Walia, Shiwani Guleria, Anjali Chauhan, Preeti Mehta
    Pages 61-93
  6. Abdul Latif Khan, Raheem Shahzad, Ahmed Al-Harrasi, In-Jung Lee
    Pages 95-110
  7. Akshit Puri, Kiran Preet Padda, Chris P. Chanway
    Pages 111-132
  8. A. Muthukumar, R. Udhayakumar, R. Naveenkumar
    Pages 133-161
  9. M. F. Carvalho, Y. Ma, R. S. Oliveira, H. Freitas
    Pages 163-189
  10. Pamoda B. Ratnaweera, E. Dilip de Silva
    Pages 191-212
  11. Shahid Iqbal Mohammed, Mohini Panditrao Patil, Ravindra Himmatrao Patil, Vijay Laxminarayan Maheshwari
    Pages 213-237
  12. Úrsula Fillat, Raquel Martín-Sampedro, David Macaya-Sanz, Juan A. Martín, David Ibarra, María E. Eugenio
    Pages 261-281
  13. K. G. Ramawat
    Pages 283-286
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 287-291

About this book


This book reviews the latest developments in our understanding of microbial endophytes and their potential applications in enhancing productivity and disease protection. It covers all the latest discoveries regarding endophytes, their interactions with plants and application in agricultural productivity and protection. 

Our understanding of endophytes has increased exponentially in recent decades. These microbes, such as fungi, bacteria, and actinobacteria, establish a symbiotic or parasitic association with plants. A better understanding of endophytic microorganisms may help to elucidate their functions and potential role in developing sustainable systems of crop production and improved protection against biotic stresses. Endophytes play a vital role in plant growth and health promotion. Endophytic bacteria are of agrobiological interest because they create host-endophyte relationships, which can open exciting prospects for newer biotechnological applications. Endophytes have also proven to be a beneficial and sustainable alternative to agrochemicals due to their role in the biocontrol of pests and diseases. Further, endophytes are essential to the production of several secondary metabolites in grasses, in the process of gummosis in trees, and the production of useful metabolites such as alkaloids, pestaloside, cryptocandin, enfumafungin, subglutinols, etc. for the host plant. They are also involved in the production of enzymes, biosurfactants, biocontrol agents and plant growth promoters. As such, it is imperative that we explore these products’ industrial applications in the fields of biotechnology, pharmacy and agriculture.

This volume will offers a valuable guidance for botanists, microbiologists, biotechnologists, molecular biologists, environmentalists, policymakers, conservationists, and those working for the protection of plant species of agricultural and medicinal importance.


microbial endophytes endophytic microorganisms industrial applications biotechnological applications secondary metabolites

Editors and affiliations

  • Dinesh K. Maheshwari
    • 1
  • K. Annapurna
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Botany and MicrobiologyGurukul Kangri UniversityHaridwarIndia
  2. 2.Division of MicrobiologyIndian Agricultural ResearchNew DelhiIndia

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