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Advances in Soil Microbiology: Recent Trends and Future Prospects

Volume 2: Soil-Microbe-Plant Interaction

  • A one-stop-shop for fundamentals of soil microbiology as well as its applications

  • Comprehensively covers recent technologies for study of microbial diversity and function

  • Contains an update on genomic inventory of plant beneficial microorganisms

  • Enriches the understanding on use of microbes in environmental cleanup as a sustainable approach

Part of the book series: Microorganisms for Sustainability (MICRO, volume 4)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Soil Microbial Diversity: An Ecophysiological Study and Role in Plant Productivity

    • Bighneswar Baliyarsingh, Suraja Kumar Nayak, Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra
    Pages 1-17
  3. Microbial Diversity and Soil Health in Tropical Agroecosystems

    • Dipanti Chourasiya, Mahaveer P. Sharma, Hemant S. Maheshwari, Aketi Ramesh, Sushil K. Sharma, Tapan Kumar Adhya
    Pages 19-35
  4. Plant Growth-Promoting Microbes (PGPM) as Potential Microbial Bio-Agents for Eco-Friendly Agriculture

    • Madhurama Gangwar, Preeti Saini, Pooja Nikhanj, Sukhjinder Kaur
    Pages 37-55
  5. Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria for Abiotic Stress Alleviation in Crops

    • Sangeeta Paul, Ajinath S. Dukare, Bandeppa, B. S. Manjunatha, K. Annapurna
    Pages 57-79
  6. Phosphate-Solubilizing Microorganisms in Sustainable Agriculture: Genetic Mechanism and Application

    • A. Pradhan, A. Pahari, S. Mohapatra, Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra
    Pages 81-97
  7. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) for Sustainable Rice Production

    • P. Panneerselvam, Upendra Kumar, T. C. K. Sugitha, C. Parameswaran, Sowarnalisha Sahoo, A. K. Binodh et al.
    Pages 99-126
  8. Biological Control as a Tool for Eco-friendly Management of Plant Pathogens

    • Mamta Sharma, Avijit Tarafdar, Raju Ghosh, S. Gopalakrishanan
    Pages 153-188
  9. Biological Control of Insect Pests for Sustainable Agriculture

    • Satyavir S. Sindhu, Anju Sehrawat, Ruchi Sharma, Aakanksha Khandelwal
    Pages 189-218

About this book

This book presents a comprehensive collection of articles illustrating the importance of microbial community structure and function for ecosystem sustainability and environmental reclamation. It addresses a diverse range of topics, including microbial diversity, physiology, genomics, ecosystem function, interaction, metabolism, and the fruitful use of microbial communities for crop productivity and environmental remediation. 

In addition, the book explores issues ranging from general concepts on the diversity of microorganisms in soil, and ecosystem function, to the evolution and taxonomy of soil microbiota, with future prospects. It covers cutting-edge methods in soil microbial ecological studies, rhizosphere microflora, the role of organic matter in plant productivity, biological nitrogen fixation and its genetics, microbial transformation of plant nutrients in soil, plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria, and organic matter transformation. 

The book also discusses the application of microbes in biodegradation of xenobiotic contaminants. It covers bio-fertilizers and their role in sustainable agriculture and soil health, biological control of insect pests and plant pathogens, and the latest tools of omics in soil microbiology, i.e. genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics, which offer pioneering approaches to the exploration of microbial structure and function.


  • Biofertilizer
  • Biogeochemical Cycle
  • Microbial Diversity
  • Microbial Interaction
  • Soil Microbial Ecology
  • ecotoxicology

Editors and Affiliations

  • KIIT School of Biotechnology, Bhubaneswar, India

    Tapan Kumar Adhya

  • Department of Microbiology, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India

    Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra

  • Division of Microbiology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India

    K. Annapurna

  • Department of Agricultural & Food Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

    Deepak Kumar Verma

  • National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, India

    Upendra Kumar

About the editors

Dr. Tapan kumar Adhya is currently the Director, South Asia Nitrogen Centre, New Delhi and also working as Professor in the School of Biotechnology, KIIT University, Bhubneswar, Odisha, India. He has more than 150 publications and 30 book chapters. He is Editor/Associate Editor of several International Research journals published by Springer.


Dr. Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra is presently working as professor and head in department of Microbiology in Orissa university of agriculture and technology, Bhubaneswar, India.


Dr. K. Annapurna obtained her M.Sc (1982) and Ph.D (1986) degrees in Microbiology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. She has been a pioneer researcher in the field of molecular ecology of legume - Rhizobium symbiosis, Azospirillum, Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and initiated work on soybean rhizobial genetic diversity.   


Deepak Kumar Verma is an Agriculture Science professional. He is PhD Research Scholar with major specialization in Food Process Engineering (FPE), a part from theory and lab practicals at Agricultural and Food Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur (WB) INDIA, the prestigious of institute in India which having world ranking range between 225 - 250. His area of specialization during master was being Agricultural-Biochemistry.


Dr. Upendra Kumar is working as Scientist at ICAR- National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack, India and also served as Visiting Scientist at CSIRO, Waite Campus, Adelaide, Australia. He obtained his M.Sc and Ph.D in Agricultural Microbiology from IARI, New Delhi and also received many National and International awards.

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