Plant growth promoting bacteria: strategies to improve wheat growth and development under sustainable agriculture
Rhizospheric microbiomes: biodiversity, mechanisms of plant growth promotion and biotechnological applications for sustainable agriculture
Advances in the application of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria in horticulture
Agriculture application of Pseudomonas - A view on the relative antagonistic potential against pests and diseases
Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria as biological tools for nutrient management and soil sustainability
Rhizobacteria mediated root architectural improvement: A hidden potential for agricultural sustainability
Role of Rhizobia for sustainable agriculture: Lab to Land
Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria: harnessing its potential for sustainable plant disease management
Soil microbial hotspots and hot moments: management vis-a-vis soil biodiversity
Surfactin: an emerging biocontrol tool for agriculture sustainability
Molecular approaches to study plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPRs)
Impact of land uses on microbial biomass C, N, P and microbial population in Indian Himalaya
Potassium solubilizing bacteria (KSB): a microbial tool for K solubility, cycling and its availability to crop plants
ACC deaminase producing bacteria: a key player in alleviating abiotic stresses in plants
The sustainability of crop production by PGPR under abiotic stress conditions.
To meet the food security needs of the 21st century, this book focuses on ecofriendly and sustainable production technologies based on plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). It is estimated that the global population could increase to 9 billion by 2050. Further, the amount of land devoted to farming has decreased. Soil is a living entity, and is not only a valuable natural resource for agricultural and food security, but also for the preservation of all life processes. Agricultural productivity rests on the foundation of microbial diversity in the soil, and in recent years, PGPR have emerged as an important and promising tool for sustainable agriculture.
The injudicious use of agrochemicals by farmers has created a range of negative impacts, not only threatening the environment, but also destroying useful microorganisms in the soil. The efficient use of PGPR reduces the need for these chemicals while simultaneously lowering production costs. In turn, increased yields could provide a more favourable environment and encourage sustainability. This book assesses the impacts of PGPR on crops, environmental and socio-economic sustainability, and demonstrates these ecofriendly technologies’ three critical advantages, namely (a) enhanced crop productivity, (b) reduced application of agrochemicals, and (c) increased incomes for farmers. Besides offering an economically attractive and ecologically sound means of augmenting the nutrient supply and combatting soil-borne pathogens, PGPR play an important part in boosting soil fertility, bioremediation and stress management for the development of ecofriendly and sustainable agriculture.
• Describes the judicious use of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria together with agrochemicals to enhance agricultural sustainability
• Explains how the large quantities of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers currently used in food production are not only threatening the environment, but also destroying useful microorganisms in the soil
• Helpful for both academics and practitioners in the fields of microbiology, soil microbiology, biotechnology and agronomy, especially for research related to nutrient solubilization and plant growth promoting activities