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Microbial Inoculants in Sustainable Agricultural Productivity

Vol. 2: Functional Applications

  • Dhananjaya Pratap Singh
  • Harikesh Bahadur Singh
  • Ratna Prabha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Arumugam Sathya, Rajendran Vijayabharathi, Subramaniam Gopalakrishnan
    Pages 1-16
  3. E. Malusà, F. Pinzari, L. Canfora
    Pages 17-40
  4. Shilpi Sharma, Richa Sharma, Rashi Gupta, Virendra Swarup Bisaria
    Pages 41-51
  5. Kanak Sirari, Lokender Kashyap, C. M. Mehta
    Pages 85-99
  6. Kanchan Vishwakarma, Shivesh Sharma, Nitin Kumar, Neha Upadhyay, Shikha Devi, Ashish Tiwari
    Pages 101-113
  7. Braj Raj Singh, Akanksha Singh, Sandhya Mishra, Alim H. Naqvi, Harikesh Bahadur Singh
    Pages 115-132
  8. Manish Kumar, Dhananjaya Pratap Singh, Ratna Prabha, Ashutosh Kumar Rai, Lalan Sharma
    Pages 133-142
  9. C. M. Mehta, Byiringiro Emmanuel, Amit Kesarwani, Kanak Sirari, Anil K. Sharma
    Pages 143-163
  10. Chandandeep Kaur, G. Selvakumar, A. N. Ganeshamurthy
    Pages 165-177
  11. P. K. Sahu, G. P. Brahmaprakash
    Pages 179-198
  12. Prashant P. Jambhulkar, Pratibha Sharma, Rakesh Yadav
    Pages 199-218
  13. Subramaniam Gopalakrishnan, Arumugam Sathya, Rajendran Vijayabharathi, Vadlamudi Srinivas
    Pages 239-251
  14. B. S. Bhau, P. Phukon, R. Ahmed, B. Gogoi, B. Borah, J. Baruah et al.
    Pages 253-269
  15. Sourabh Dwivedi, Quaiser Saquib, Abdulaziz A. Al-Khedhairy, Javed Musarrat
    Pages 271-288
  16. Deepak G. Panpatte, Yogeshvari K. Jhala, Harsha N. Shelat, Rajababu V. Vyas
    Pages 289-300
  17. Suseelendra Desai, G. Praveen Kumar, E. Leo Daniel Amalraj, Venkateswara Rao Talluri, A. John Peter
    Pages 301-308

About this book


The performance of crops in the soil largely depends on the physico-chemical components of the soil, which regulate the availability of nutrients as well as abiotic and biotic stresses. Microbes are the integral component of any agricultural soil, playing a vital role in regulating the bioavailability of nutrients, the tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses and management of seed-borne and soil-borne plant diseases. The second volume of the book Microbial Inoculants in Sustainable Agricultural Productivity - Functional Applications reflects the pioneering efforts of eminent researchers to explore the functions of promising microbes as microbial inoculants, establish inoculants for field applications and promote corresponding knowledge among farming communities.

In this volume, readers will find dedicated chapters on the role of microbes as biofertilizers and biopesticides in the improvement of crop plants, managing soil fertility and plant health, enhancing the efficiency of soil nutrients and establishing systemic phytopathogen resistance in plants, as well as managing various kinds of plant stress by applying microbial inoculants. The impact of microbial inoculants on the remediation of heavy metals, soil carbon sequestration, function of rhizosphere microbial communities and remediation of heavy metal contaminated agricultural soils is also covered in great detail.

In this Volume, a major focus is on the approaches, strategies, advances and technologies used to develop suitable and sustainable delivery systems for microbial inoculants in field applications. Subsequent chapters investigate the role of nanomaterials in agriculture and the nanoparticle-mediated biocontrol of nematodes. An overview of the challenges facing the regulation and registration of biopesticides in India rounds out the coverage.


Biofertilizers Bio-Inoculants Biopesticides Biopriming Delivery Mode Field Applications Microbial Technology Nano-Biopesticides PGPRs Plant Growth Soil Health

Editors and affiliations

  • Dhananjaya Pratap Singh
    • 1
  • Harikesh Bahadur Singh
    • 2
  • Ratna Prabha
    • 3
  1. 1.Important MicroorganismsICAR-National Bureau of AgriculturallyMaunath BhanjanIndia
  2. 2.Dept of Mycology and Plant Pathology,Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia
  3. 3.Important MicroorganismsICAR-National Bureau of AgriculturallyMaunath BhanjanIndia

About the editors

Dhananjaya P. Singh is presently Senior Scientist (Biotechnology) with ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India at Maunath Bhanjan, India. He did his Masters degree from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India and Ph. D. in Biotechnology from Banaras Hindu University, India. His research interests lies in bioprospecting of metabolites, microbe-mediated stress management in plants, metabolomics-driven search for small molecules and bioinformatics. He has been engaged with the development of supercomputational infrastructure for agricultural bioinformatics at ICAR-NBAIM under National Agricultural Bioinformatics Grid project of ICAR. He has overall 112 publications including 60 research papers, two edited books, 22 book chapters, 20 popular articles, 15 reviews and one Indian Patent to his credit.

Harikesh B. Singh is presently Professor & Head, Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology at Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University. He served the State Agriculture University, Central University and CSIR Institute in teaching, research and extension roles. His major research focus is on bioinnoculats, biological control of plant pathogens and nano-biotechnology. In recognition of Prof. Singh’s scientific contributions and leadership in the field of plant pathology, he was honored;wi

th several prestigious awards, notable being CSIR Technology Prize for Biological Sciences, Vigyan Bharti Award, Prof. V.P. Bhide Memorial Award, Society for Plant Research, Scientist of Excellence Awards, BRSI Industrial Medal Award, Jyoti Sangam Award, Akshyavat Samman, Distinguish Scientist Award by Society for Research Development in Agriculture, Prof. Panchanan Maheshwari Medal by Indian Botanical Society,  Rashtriya Gaurav Award by IIFS, Plant Pathology Leader Award by IPS, CSIR Award for S&T Innovation for Rural Development (CAIRD), Environment Conservation Award, Vigyan Ratna by UP Council of Science and Technology. Dr. Singh has been the Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Professor Singh has written two books, several training modules/ manuals and more than 275 publications and has more than 18 US patents and 3 PCTs to his credit. 

Ratna Prabha has obtained her Master's degree in Bioinformatics from Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan and Doctorate in Biotechnology from Mewar University, India. She is presently associated with ICAR- National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, India in Network Project for Agricultural Bioinformatics and Computational Biology of Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Dr Prabha has been engaged in developing various bioinformatics digital databases on plants and microbes, published 14 research papers in the journals of International repute and 06 book chapters. Her current research interest lies in microbe-mediated stress management in plants, database development, comparative microbial genome analysis, phylogenomics and pangenome analysis of prokaryotic genomes. She has completed several bioinformatics demonstration tasks at different National training programs on bioinformatics and computational biology.  

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“This volume offered detailed information on mass production of efficient microbial inoculants from laboratory to industrial/commercial level, intellectual property rights required, registration processes, bio-safety and bio-security concerns, quality control, and their legal authenticity. Based on the above merits, we recommend this book to stakeholders engaged in working on microbial bioinoculants.” (Jay Prakash Verma, Frontiers in Microbiology, December, 2016)