Microorganisms in Sustainable Agriculture and Biotechnology

Editors: Satyanarayana, Tulasi, Johri, Bhavdish Narain, Anil Prakash (Eds.)

  • Covers broader aspects of the role of microbes in sustainable agriculture and biotechnological developments
  • Experts have written chapters on the recent developments in microbial technologies in India, although global aspects will be discussed
  • Assesses the utility of microbes as bioinoculants to enhance agricultural production
  • Covers the recent developments in the discovery of novel microbial metabolites by culture-independent metagenomic approaches
  • Includes aspects such as role of microbes in enhanced oil recovery and mango wines
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This review of recent developments in our understanding of the role of microbes in sustainable agriculture and biotechnology covers a research area with enormous untapped potential. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural inputs derived from fossil fuels have increased agricultural production, yet growing awareness and concern over their adverse effects on soil productivity and environmental quality cannot be ignored. The high cost of these products, the difficulties of meeting demand for them, and their harmful environmental legacy have encouraged scientists to develop alternative strategies to raise productivity, with microbes playing a central role in these efforts. One application is the use of soil microbes as bioinoculants for supplying nutrients and/or stimulating plant growth. Some rhizospheric microbes are known to synthesize plant growth-promoters, siderophores and antibiotics, as well as aiding phosphorous uptake. 

The last 40 years have seen rapid strides made in our appreciation of the diversity of environmental microbes and their possible benefits to sustainable agriculture and production. The advent of powerful new methodologies in microbial genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology has only quickened the pace of developments. The vital part played by microbes in sustaining our planet’s ecosystems only adds urgency to this enquiry. Culture-dependent microbes already contribute much to human life, yet the latent potential of vast numbers of uncultured—and thus untouched—microbes, is enormous. Culture-independent metagenomic approaches employed in a variety of natural habitats have alerted us to the sheer diversity of these microbes, and resulted in the characterization of novel genes and gene products. Several new antibiotics and biocatalysts have been discovered among environmental genomes and some products have already been commercialized. Meanwhile, dozens of industrial products currently formulated in large quantities from petrochemicals, such as ethanol, butanol, organic acids, and amino acids, are equally obtainable through microbial fermentation. Edited by a trio of recognized authorities on the subject, this survey of a fast-moving field—with so many benefits within reach—will be required reading for all those investigating ways to harness the power of microorganisms in making both agriculture and biotechnology more sustainable.

Table of contents (35 chapters)

  • Plant Growth Promotion by Phytases and Phytase-Producing Microbes due to Amelioration in Phosphorus Availability

    Singh, Bijender (et al.)

    Pages 3-15

  • Environmental and Nutritional Benefits of Biopreservation of Animal Feed

    Olstorpe, Matilda (et al.)

    Pages 17-34

  • Pivotal Role of Organic Acid Secretion by Rhizobacteria in Plant Growth Promotion

    Archana, G. (et al.)

    Pages 35-53

  • Organic Farming: For Sustainable Production and Environmental Protection

    Sreenivasa, M. N.

    Pages 55-76

  • Utilization of Psychrotolerant Phosphate Solubilizing Fungi Under Low Temperature Conditions of the Mountain Ecosystem

    Rinu, K. (et al.)

    Pages 77-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Microorganisms in Sustainable Agriculture and Biotechnology
Editors
  • Tulasi Satyanarayana
  • Bhavdish Narain Johri
  • Anil Prakash
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: CBS Publishers, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2214-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2214-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2213-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 829
Topics