Relevance of Microbial Diversity in Implicating Soil Restoration and Health Management

  • Sunita Devi
  • Ruchi SoniEmail author


Soil comprises three interconnected factors responsible for its fertility including physical, chemical, and biological. The soil fertility depends upon the diversity of living microorganisms in the soil and their interaction with other physicochemical components, which accounts for their higher complexity and dynamic behavior. It has been documented as the well-understood component for soil fertility. Along with maintaining the soil fertility, soil microorganisms also impart essential roles in the nutrient biogeochemical cycles that are the fundamentals of life on the earth. A small amount of soil exhibits a great deal of microbial diversity, which includes bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae, and protozoa. Bacteria comprise dominating population in the soil followed by actinomycetes, fungi, algae, and protozoa. It has been reported that one gram of soil may contain 109–1010 prokaryotes including bacteria-archaea and actinomycetes, 104–107 protists, ∼100 m of fungal hyphae, and 108–109 viruses. The rhizosphere, a narrow zone influenced by plant roots, provides an active habitat for abundant microbes and is considered as one of the most complex ecosystems on the earth. To improve soil health and plant growth performance, it is important to know about the occurrence of diverse microbes and their behavior and role in the rhizosphere microbiome. Moreover, the ability of root exudates for mediating plant–microbe and plant–microbiome interactions could maintain agricultural practices sustainable. This chapter explores the utility and functioning of soil microbial diversity in terms of its agricultural relevance and subsequent increased crop production so that the growing world population scenario could conquer. The microbial population has not been promoted effectively in agricultural practices till date because several beneficial soil microbes are still not explored. So, the chapter insights the various modern molecular tools that will provide an opportunity to discover new species currently unknown to science.


Microbial diversity Metagenome Plant growth Plant nutrition Soil health management 



Soil organic matter


Dissolved organic matter




Community level physiological profile


Sole-carbon-source utilization


Carbon substrate utilization profiles


Triphenyl tetrazolium chloride


Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis


Most probable number


Fatty acid methyl ester


Phospholipid fatty acid


Deoxyribonucleic acid


Amplified ribosomal DNA restriction analysis


DNA concentration


Incubation time


Multidrug and toxic compound extrusion


Plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria


Quorum sensing


In vivo expression technology


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Basic Science, College of ForestryDr. YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry NauniSolanIndia
  2. 2.Regional Centre of Organic FarmingNagpurIndia

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