Plant beneficial rhizospheric microbes (PBRMs): prospects for increasing productivity and sustaining the resilience of soil fertility -- Rhizosphere microorganisms towards soil sustainability and nutrient acquisition -- PGPR: Heart of Soil and their Role in Soil Fertility -- Strength of microbes in nutrient cycling: a key to soil health -- Quorum sensing in plant microbe interaction -- Horizontal gene transfer in soil and the rhizosphere: Impact on ecological fitness of bacteria -- Hairy root culture: a biotechnological approach to produce valuable metabolites -- Metagenomic approaches in understanding the mechanism and function of PGPRs-perspectives for sustainable agriculture -- Role of bioinoculants as plant growth-promoting microbes for sustainable agriculture -- Microbial Diversity of Tropical Andean Soils and Low-Input Sustainable Agriculture Development -- Entomopathogenic bacteria and biorationals in chickpea organic crop protection -- Bio-stimulants: an approach towards the sustainable vegetable production -- Efficacy of biological soil amendments and biocontrol agents for sustainable rice and maize production -- Bacterial-mediated selenium biofortification of Triticum aestivum: strategy for improvement in selenium phytoremediation and biofortification -- Role of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizae in mobilization of soil phosphorus -- The role of soil microbes in crop biofortification.
This book presents a compilation of case studies from different countries on achieving agricultural sustainability. The book stresses that, in order to meet the needs of our rapidly growing population, it is imperative to increase agricultural productivity. If global food production is to keep pace with an increasing population, while formulating new food production strategies for developing countries, the great challenge for modern societies is to boost agricultural productivity. Today, the application of chemicals to enhance plant growth or induced resistance in plants is limited due to the negative effects of chemical treatment and the difficulty of determining the optimal concentrations to benefit the plant. In the search for alternative means to solve these problems, biological applications have been extensively studied. Naturally occurring plant-microbe-environment interactions are utilized in many ways to enhance plant productivity.-.