Biofertilizers for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment , 1st ed. 2019
Soil Biology Series, Vol. 55

Coordinators: Giri Bhoopander, Prasad Ram, Wu Qiang-Sheng, Varma Ajit

Language: Anglais

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This book gives a profound overview on the benefits of biofertilizers as alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Agricultural production has increased massively over the last century due to increased use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, but this gain comes at a price. The chemicals are not only expensive; they also reduce microbial activities in the agricultural soils and accumulate in the food chain with potential harmful effects to humans. Thus, it is high time to watch out for alternatives and to find solutions to overcome the increasing dependence on such chemicals.

Biofertilizers, consisting of plant remains, organic matter and microorganisms, might offer such an alternative. They are natural, organic, biodegradable, eco-friendly and cost-effective. The microbes present in the biofertilizers are important, because they produce nutrients required for plant growth (e.g., nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium), as well as substances essential for plant growth and development (e.g., auxins, cytokinins). Biofertilizers improve physical properties, fertility and productivity of soil. As a result, the amount of chemical fertilizers can be reduced while keeping the crop yield at a high level. This makes biofertilizers a powerful tool for a sustainable agriculture and environment.

The book covers the latest research on biofertilizers, spanning from beneficial fungal, bacterial and algal inoculants, over microbes for bioremediation, wastewater treatment and recycling of biodegradable municipal, agricultural and industrial waste, to biocontrol agents and bio-pesticides.

The book is a valuable resource for researchers, academician and students in the broad field of microbiology and agriculture.

1.Microbial Biofertilizers: Types and Applications

Lebin Thomas and Ishwar Singh*

Department of Botany, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, Delhi- 110007, India

*e-mail: ishwarsdedha@rediffmail.com

2.Fungal Inoculants for Native Phosphorus Mobilization

J. C. Tarafdar

Emeritus Professor, BCKV, Kalyani 741235, India.

Email: jctarafdar@yahoo.in

 3.Potential Applications of Algae-based Biofertilizer

Probir Das*, Shoyeb Khan, Afeefa Kiran Chaudhary, Mohammad Abdul Quadir, Mehmoud Ibrahim Thaher, Hareb Al-Jabri

Algal Technologies Program, Center for Sustainable Development, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, P.O. 2713, Doha, Qatar.

* email: probir.das@qu.edu.qa

 4.Ectomycorrhizal Fungi: Role as Biofertilizers in Forestry

José Alfonso Domínguez-Núñez*, Marta Berrocal-Lobo & Ada S Albanesi

E.T.S.I de Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Av/ Ciudad Universitaria s/n. 28040, Madrid, Spain

*E-mail: josealfonso.dominguez@upm.es

5. Perspectives on the Role of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in the in-vivo Vegetative Plant Propagation

Ravichandran Koshila Ravi and Thangavelu Muthukumar*

Root and Soil Biology Laboratory, Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 046, Tamilnadu, India

*email: tmkum@yahoo.com

6. Silicon (Si) and Zinc (Zn) Solubilizing Microorganisms: Role in Sustainable Agriculture

Narendra Kumawat*, Rakesh Kumar, RK Yadav, UR Khandkar, ML Dotaniya4, JS Mishra and Hansraj Hans

College of Agriculture, Indore-452 001, (RVSKVV, Gwalior), Madhya Pradesh, India

*e-mail: kumawatandy@gmail.com 

7. Status and prospects of bacterial inoculants for sustainable management of agroecosystems

Rasheed A. Adeleke*,  Adekunle R. Raimi,  Ashira Roopnarain, Sharon M. Mokubedi

Department of Environmental Science, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, P. O. Box 329, UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa.

Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology Research Group, Institute for Soil, Climate and Water- Agricultural Research Council,  Private Bag X79, Pretoria, 0001

Unit for Environmental Science and Management, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

*email:  AdelekeR@arc.agric.za

8.Plant Nutrient Management Through Inoculation of Zinc Solubilizing Bacteria for Sustainable Agriculture

*Satyavir S. Sindhu, Ruchi Sharma, Swati Sindhu and Manisha Phour

Department of Microbiology, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125 004, India

*E-mail: sindhuss58@gmail.com

9.Endophytic Bacteria as A Modern Tool for Sustainable Crop Management Under Stress

Yachana Jha

N. V. Patel College of Pure and Applied Sciences, S. P. University, V V Nagar, Anand 388120 (Gujarat). India.

Email: yachanajha@ymail.com

10.Biofertilizers in Argentina

Anriquez, Analia Liliana; Silberman, Juan Eduardo; Dominguez Nuñez, José Alfonso; Albanesi, Ada Susana*

Facultad de Agronomía y Agroindustrias, Universidad Nacional de  Santiago del Estero. Belgrano (S) 1912, Santiago del Estero (4200), Argentina

*E-mail: ananriquez@hotmail.com; adaalbanesi@gmail.com

11.Rhizobial Inoculants for Sustainable Agriculture: Prospects and Applications

Iqra Naseer, Maqshoof Ahmad, Sajid Mahmood Nadeem, Iqra Ahmad, Najm-ul-Seher and Zahir Ahmad Zahir*

Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad   38040, Pakistan

*E-mail: zazahir@yahoo.com

12.Biofertilizer and their role in sustainable agriculture

Pinderpal Kaur and Sukhvinder Singh Purewal*  

Department of Biotechnology, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, India

Department of Food Science & Technology, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, Bathinda, India

*Email: purewal.0029@gmail.com  

13. The use of Microorganisms for the Biodegradation of Sewage Sludge and the Production of Biocompost for Sustainable Agriculture

Loubna EL FELS, Bouchra EL Hayany, Anas Aguelmous, Aziz Boutafda, Yassine Zegzouti, El Mezouari El Glaoui Ghizlen, Lamfeddal Kouisni5, Mohamed Hafidi*

Laboratory of Ecology and Environment (CNRST, URAC32), Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, PO Box 2390, Marrakech, Morocco

Agro Biosciences Program, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Benguerir, Morocco

 *Email: hafidi.ucam@gmail.com

14.Circadian Rhythms in Plant Microbe Interaction: For Better Performance of Bioinoculants in the Agricultural Fields

Maddur Puttaswamy Raghavendra

Maharani’s Science College for Women (Affiliated to University of Mysore), Jhansi Lakshmi Bai Road, Mysuru 570 005, Karnataka, India

*E-mail: mpraghavendra@gmail.com 

15.The Actinobacteria and Their Role as Plant Probiotics

Esther Menendez* and Lorena Carro

ICAAM - Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas, Laboratório de Microbiologia do Solo, Universidade de Évora. Portugal

*E-Mail: Esther Menéndez esthermenendez@uevora.pt;  lcg@usal.es

16.Organic Fertilizer from Algae: A Novel Approach Towards Sustainable Agriculture

Pooja Baweja, Savindra Kumar, Gaurav Kumar

Department of Environmental Studies, PGDAV College, University of Delhi, New Delhi-110065, India

*Email: gauravk9977@gmail.com

17.Phosphate Solubilizing Fungi and Their Potential Role in Sustainable Agriculture

Sanjana Kaul*,  Supriya Sharma, Apra and Manoj K. Dhar

School of Biotechnology, University of Jammu, Jammu - 180006, J&K, India

*E-mail: sanrozie@rediffmail.com

18.Fungi as Biological Control Agents

Savita* and Anuradha Sharma

Botany Department, Hindu College, University of Delhi, New Delhi

*Email: savita.gndu@gmail.com

19.Biocontrol Agents: Potential of Biopesticides for Integrated Pest Management

Archana Singh*, Richa Bhardwaj and Indrakant K Singh*

Department of Botany, Hans Raj College, University of Delhi, Delhi -110007, INDIA

*email: archanasingh@hrc.du.ac.in ; iksingh@db.du.in

20.Microbial-Mediated Plant Growth Promotion: A Mechanistic Overview on Cultivable Plant Growth Promoting Members

Swati Pattnaik, Balaram Mohapatra, Upendra Kumar, Matrujyoti Pattnaik and Deviprasad Samantaray*

Department of Microbiology, College of Basic Science and Humanities, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhuabaneswar, 751003, Odisha, India

*E-mail: dpsamantaray@yahoo.com

21.Mycorrhizas and Tolerance of Abiotic Stress in Citrus Plants

Chun-Yan Liu, Ying-Ning Zou, De-Jian Zhang, Bo Shu and Qiang-Sheng Wu*

College of Horticulture and Gardening, Yangtze University, Jingzhou, Hubei 434025, China

China

*e-mail: wuqiangsh@163.com

22.Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) from Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils: Molecular Approach and Application in Phytoremediation

Sanjeev Kumar* and Saurabh Saxena

School of Agriculture, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, School of Agriculture (SAGR), Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar 144 411, Punjab, India

E-mail: sanjeev.19379@lpu.co.in

23.The Role of Arbuscular Mycorrhiza in Sustainable Environment and Agriculture

Xiongfei Guo

College of Environmental Science and Engineering, China West Normal University, Nanchong 637000, China;

College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China

E-mail: gxfcwnu@qq.com

24.Microbe-Mediated Removal of Heavy Metals for Sustainable Agricultural Practices

Ivy Mallick, Anupama Ghosh, Abhrajyoti Ghosh*

Department of Biochemistry, Bose Institute, P1/12 CIT Road, Scheme VIIM, Kolkata- 700054, West Bengal, India

*Email: abhrajyoti.ghosh@jcbose.ac.in; aghosh78@gmail.com



Gives an overview on the benefits of biofertilizers

Highlights alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides 

Explains how biofertilizers improve the fertility and productivity of soil