Chapter 1. Wonders of Microbes in Agriculture- For Sustainability and Productivity -- Chapter 2. Microbial Biofertilizer: A Potential Tool for Sustainable Agriculture -- Chapter 3. Potentials of Microbial Inoculants in Soil Productivity: An Outlook on African Legumes -- Chapter 4. Endophytic Microorganisms- Promising Candidate as Biofertilizer -- Chapter 5. Azotobacter -A Potential Bio-Fertilizer and Bio Inoculants for Sustainable Agriculture -- Chapter 6. Rhizobacterial Phosphate Solubilizers in Sustainable Agriculture - Concepts and Prospects -- Chapter 7. Potassium Solubilizing Microbes: Diversity, Distribution and Role in Plant Growth Promotion -- Chapter 8. Bacterial Volatile Organic Compounds – A New Insight for Sustainable Agriculture -- Chapter 9. Perspectives of Plant-Methylotrophic Interactions in Organic Farming -- Chapter 10. Trichoderma as a plant growth promoting rhizosphere microorganism with biocontrol activity -- Chapter 11. Biofertilizer Application in Horticultural Crops -- Chapter 12. Fermentation - A Process for Biofertilizers Production -- Chapter 13. Cyanobacteria - A Source of Organic Fertilizers for Plant Growth -- Chapter 14. Application of Bioinoculants for Seed Quality Improvement -- Chapter 15. Role of Biofertilizers in Sustainable Agriculture under Abiotic Stresses -- Chapter 16. Endophyte Microbes- A Weapon for Plant Health Management -- Chapter 17. Efficacy of Entomopathogenic Fungi as Green Pesticides: Current and Future Prospects -- Chapter 18. Premier biocontrol Traits of Pseudomonads: Siderophores, Phenazines or what else? -- Chapter 19. Rhizosphere Microorganisms: Application of Plant Beneficial Microbes in Biological Control of Weeds -- Chapter 20. Biological Nitrogen Fixation:The Role of Underutilised Leguminous Plants.
This book addresses basic and applied aspects of two nexus points of microorganisms in agro-ecosystems, namely their functional role as bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides. Readers will find detailed information on all of the aspects that are required to make a microbe “agriculturally beneficial.” A healthy, balanced soil ecosystem provides a habitat for crops to grow without the need for interventions such as agro-chemicals. No organism in an agro-ecosystem can flourish individually, which is why research on the interaction of microorganisms with higher forms of life has increasingly gained momentum in the last 10-15 years. In fact, most of plants’ life processes only become possible through interactions with microorganisms. Using these “little helpers” as a biological alternative to agro-chemicals is a highly contemporary field of research. The information presented here is based on the authors’ extensive experience in the subject area, gathered in the course of their careers in the field of agricultural microbiology. The book offers a valuable resource for all readers who are actively involved in research on agriculturally beneficial microorganisms. In addition, it will help prepare readers for the future challenges that climate change will pose for agriculture and will help to bridge the current gaps between different scientific communities..