Microbes are the most abundant organisms in the biosphere and regulate many critical elemental and biogeochemical phenomena. Because microbes are the key players in the carbon cycle and in related biological reactions, microbial ecology is a vital research area for understanding the contribution of the biosphere in global warming and the response of the natural environment to climate variations. The beneficial uses of microbes have enabled constructive and cost-effective responses that have not been possible through physical or chemical methods. This new volume reviews the multifaceted interactions among microbes, ecosystems, and their pivotal role in maintaining a more balanced environment, in order to help facilitate living organisms coexisting with the natural environment.
With extensive references, tables, and illustrations, this book provides valuable information on microbial utilization for environmental sustainability and provides fascinating insights into microbial diversity.
Key features include:
- Looks at enhancing plant production through growth-promoting arbuscular mycorrhizae, endophytic bacteria, and microbiome networks
- Considers microbial degradation and environmental management of e-wastes and azo dyes
- Explores soil-plant microbe interactions in metal-contaminated soils
- Examines radiation-resistant thermophiles for engineered bioremediation
- Describes potential indigenous/effective microbes for wastewater treatment processes
- Presents research on earthworms and microbes for organic farming
Table of Contents
1. Mycorrhiza: A Potential Bio-Enhancer in Agriculture Production Systems
2. Plant Growth Promoting Microbiome Networks
Özlem Akkaya, Mine Gül Şeker, and Yelda Özden Çiftçi
3. Plant Growth-Promoting Endophytic Bacteria and Their Potential Benefits in Asian Countries
Nittaya Pitiwittayakul and Somboon Tanasupawat
4. Eccentricity in the Behavior of Pencillium Spp. as Phytopathogen and Phytoaugmentor
Dhaval Patel et al.
5. Environmental Management of E-Waste by Biological Process
Aparna Gunjal et al.
6. Microbial Degradation of Wastes for Environmental Protection
Manobendro Sarker and Md. Maksudur Rahman
7. Soil Microbial Biofilm Communities and Their Interactions
Bindu Sadanandan, Priya Ashrit, and V. Vijayalakshmi
8. Bacteriological Removal of Azo Dyes: An Eco-Friendly Approach
Shanmugapriya Saravanabhavan et al.
9. Impact of Soil-Plant Microbe Interaction in Metal-Contaminated Soils
Neetu Sharma, Abhinashi Singh, and Navneet Batra
10. Radiation-Resistant Thermophiles: From High Temperature and Radiation to Engineered Bioremediation
Preeti Ranawat and Seema Rawat
11. Dynamic Potential of Indigenous and Effective Microbes in Wastewater Treatment Processes
Jeyabalan Sangeetha et al.
12. Earthworms and Microbes in Environmental Management through Vermitechnology-Mediated Organic Farming
Abdullah Adil Ansari
Jeyabalan Sangeetha, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Central University of Kerala at Kasaragod, South India. She earned her BSc in Microbiology and PhD in Environmental Science from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India. She served as a Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellow and as an UGC Postdoctoral Fellow at Karnatak University, Dharwad, South India, with funding from the University Grants Commission.
Devarajan Thangadurai, PhD, is Senior Assistant Professor at Karnatak University in South India and Editor-in-Chief of two international journals: Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Bioengineering and Acta Biologica Indica. He has authored or edited over twenty books and has also visited many countries for academic visits, scientific meetings, and international collaborations.
Saher Islam, MPhil, is an International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP) Scholar at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA; a PhD candidate in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; and a Higher Education Commission Scholar of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.