Bacterial Endophytes for Ecological Intensification of Agriculture

  • Shrivardhan Dheeman
  • Dinesh K. MaheshwariEmail author
  • Nitin Baliyan
Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 15)


Intensification in modern agriculture using endophytic bacteria employs to neglect hurdles of sustainable agriculture. Endophytes are contributing in current and future progresses of ecological intensification. Such microorganisms are the key driver to establish equilibrium between growing demand of food for ever-increasing population and agricultural production. Intensification and extensification to feed human population by applying beneficial soil microorganisms, either alone or in combination, have major contribution for achieving sustainable agriculture. Exploitation of interactions’ process between endophytic organisms and plants contributes to plant growth promotion for crop productivity enhancement and overall ecological intensification. Studying ecology of bacterial endophyte (both above- and below-ground bacteria including other associative beneficial bacteria) offers potential for plant growth and health promotion so as to increase nutrient values in plant by fortifying nutrient or phytoremediation of citrant and recalcitrant pollutant in soil ecology. The consequences of endophytism including invasion, colonization, niche stabilization, and acquisition provide feasible approach for ecological intensification through stimulated plant growth by their phytohormone production and managing nutrient by facilitating mineralization of essential nutrients like P, K, and Zn. Nitrogen fixation by azotrophic endophyte is another beneficial aspect to contribute in ecological intensification of agriculture. Disease management credit productivity enhancement via indirect way and thus corroborate in intensification of agriculture.


Endophyte Agricultural intensification Nutrient management Disease control 


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  • Shrivardhan Dheeman
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  • Dinesh K. Maheshwari
    • 1
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  • Nitin Baliyan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany and MicrobiologyGurukul Kangri UniversityHaridwarIndia

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