1st Edition

Agricultural Crop Improvement Plant and Soil Relationships

Edited By Azamal Husen Copyright 2025
    360 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Larger amounts of nutritious food are required to feed the growing world population, which is a great challenge due to water shortages and reduced crop plants yield. To overcome this issue, there must be improvement in crop plant production systems. Agricultural Crop Improvement: Plant and Soil Relationships addresses key issues of crop plants yield and production, with molecular and physiological interventions to evolve future strategies that will overcome these challenges faced by the agricultural sector.


    ·       Investigates modern and traditional agricultural techniques, including nanomaterials, nanosensors, genetic engineering, molecular breeding, nutrient and plant hormone interactions, microbiome engineering, soil enzymes, biostimulants, and intercropping.

    ·       Explores how technologies and scientific advancements from biotechnology, information technology, and environmental science, are revolutionizing sustainable farming practices.


    Agricultural Crop Improvement: Plant and Soil Relationships is a valuable source of information for researchers and extension workers involved in sustainable crop plants improvement and practices, and a useful resource for students and scientists working on aspects of agriculture, botany, plant science, crop physiology, crop biotechnology, and microbiology.


    1.Perspectives of nanomaterials for crop plants improvement and practices

    Murugan Karuvelan, Shradha Raj, Gayathri Gururajan, Ramachandran Chelliah, Ghazala Sultan, Momna Rubab, Deog Hwan Oh


    2.Role of nanosensors for sustainable agricultural practices

    Murugan Karuvelan, Soumya Lakshman, Usharani Boopathy, Ramachandran Chelliah, Deog Hwan Oh


    3.Genetic Engineering and Micropropagation Techniques for Crop Plant Improvement

    Farheen Bhatti, Aaliya Batool, Yousuf Shafiq, Muhammad Sheraz Hassan, Naeem Ahmad, Abida Kausar, Noreen Zahra


    4.Engineering Soil Microbiota for Crop Plant Improvement

    Megha Barot, Arpan Modi, Azamal Husen


    5.Molecular breeding for crop plants: improvement and practices

    Asad Azeem, Amina Hafeez,  Sami Ul-Allah 


    6.Molecular, physiological and biochemical aspects of crop plant with PGPR under harsh environment

    Avinash S. H., Manasa S. G., Yalavarthi Nagaraju, P. Gangadhara Rao, Sayanti Mandal


    7.Biochemical and physiological concepts for plant improvement

    Sana Khalid, Tasveer Zahra Tariq, Behzad Murtaza, Abdullah A. Al-Kahtani, Nabeel Khan Niazi, Muhammad Shahid


    8.Crop plant response under the influence of plant hormone and adverse situation

    Eksha Gulian, Sangita Banga, Fouad Damiri, Mithilesh Yadav, Arpit Sand


    9.Proteomics and genomics investigation of micronutrients and macronutrients deficiency and toxicity in plant system

    Faisal Rasheed, Ritu Chaudhary, Altaf Ahmad


    10.Molecular and Physiological Studies of the Role of Micronutrients in Sustainable Growth and Development of Crop Plants

    Aryadeep Roychoudhury, Swayambhik Mukherjee, Anindya Ghosh


    11.Molecular and Physiological Concepts Macronutrient in Crop Plant Growth and Development

    Noopur Khare, Pragati Khare, Sachidanand Singh


    12.Interactive role of mineral nutrient and plant hormones in crop plant growth and development

    Sandra Fabiola Velasco Ramirez, Ana Cristina Ramirez Anguiano, Ana Paulina Velasco Ramírez, Alejandro Velasco Ramírez, Milagros Melissa Flores Fonseca


    13.Perspectives of nutrient sensing and signalling in crop plants

    Priti Pal, Akhilesh Kumar Singh, Azamal Husen


    14.Functional and innovative fertilizers to improve crop plant growth

    Ana Paulina Velasco-Ramírez, Sandra Fabiola Velasco-Ramírez, Armando Rafael Hernández-Pérez, Ana Cristina Ramírez-Anguiano, Alejandro Velasco-Ramírez, and Martha Isabel Torres-Morán


    15.Perspectives of soil enzymes in sustainable crop production

    Mohamed A. Amin, Hossam M. Fouda, Mahmoud S. Osman


    16.Exploring soil microbiota and their role in plant growth, stress tolerance, disease control and nutrient immobilizer

    Divya Kapoor, Pankaj Sharma, Mayur Mukut Murlidhar Sharma, Sheetal Yadav and Azamal Husen


    17.Phyllospheric Microbes, and Their Role in Plant System for Higher Productivity under Various Situations

    Mayur Mukut Murlidhar Sharma, Divya Kapoor, Atul Loyal, Arvind Malik, Pankaj Sharma and Azamal Husen


    18.Rhizosphere biology for higher growth and yield

    Pankaj Mandal, Pronobesh Ghosh, Rittick Mondal, Harshita Shand, Amit Kumar Mandal


    19.Nutrient Management on Soil Organic Carbon Storage and Crop Production under Changing Environment


    Naeem Ahmad, Ahmad Latif Virk, Muhammad Rizwan Shoukat, Noreen Zahra, Iqra Arshad, Xiaoli Wang, Jun Li1, Muhammad Bilal Hafeez


    20.Traditional agricultural crop plants practices and food security

    Eksha Guliani, Sangita Banga, Jaya Tuteja, Fouad Damiri, Mohammed Berrada, Mithilesh Yadav Arpit Sand


    21.Experiment tools used as a biostimulant for sustainable crop plants improvement and practices

    Tushar Goyal, Deepak Kumar, Anand Kumar Gaurav, Arpan Mukherjee, Gowardhan Kumar Chouhan, and Jay Prakash Verma


    Azamal Husen is a Professor at Sankalchand Patel University, Visnagar, India; and Adjunct Professor at Graphic Era (Deemed to be University), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. He is also working as a Visiting Professor at University Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia; and acting as a Foreign Delegate at Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita, Ethiopia. Previously, he served as Professor and Head of the Department of Biology, University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He also worked as a Visiting Faculty of the Forest Research Institute and the Doon College of Agriculture and Forest at Dehra Dun, India. His research and teaching experience of 25 years encompasses biogenic nanomaterial fabrication and application; plant responses to nanomaterials; plant adaptation to harsh environments at the physiological, biochemical, and molecular levels; herbal medicine; and clonal propagation for improvement of tree species. He has conducted research sponsored by the World Bank, the National Agricultural Technology Project, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research, the Indian Council of Forest Research Education, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Husen has published extensively (~300) and served on the Editorial Board and as reviewer of reputed journals published by Elsevier, Frontiers Media, Taylor & Francis, Springer Nature, RSC, Oxford University Press, Sciendo, the Royal Society, CSIRO, PLOS, MDPI, John Wiley & Sons, and UPM Journals. He is on the advisory board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. He is a fellow of the Plantae group of the American Society of Plant Biologists, and a member of the International Society of Root Research, Asian Council of Science Editors, and International Natural Product Sciences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Plant Physiology, and a Series Editor of Exploring Medicinal Plants (Taylor & Francis Group, USA); Plant Biology, Sustainability, and Climate Change (Elsevier, USA); and Smart Nanomaterials Technology (Springer Nature, Singapore). He has been achieved the distinguished honour of being recognized as one of the “World’s Top 2% Scientists” for the year 2022, and again for the 2023 by Stanford University, USA. This recognition has also been prominently featured in the Elsevier Data Repository.