The alkaline calcareous nature, high pH, salinity, heavy metals pollution, and low organic matter content of soils in many parts of the world have diminished the soil fertility and made essential nutrients unavailable to crops. To cope with the poor availability of soil nutrients, improve soil health, and feed the fast-growing global population, the farming community is using millions of tons of expensive chemical fertilizers in their fields to maintain an adequate level of nutrients for crop sustainability as well as to ensure food security. In this scenario, the exploitation of biofertilizers has become of paramount importance in the agricultural sector for their potential role in food safety and sustainable crop production. Bearing in mind the key importance of biofertilizers, this book examines the role of biofertilizers in sustainable management of soil and plant health under different conditions of the changing climate. Finally, it provides a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues, developments, and limitations in biofertilizers, crops, and beneficial microbes.
- Mainly focuses on the role of biofertilizers in managing soils for improving crop and vegetable yields as a substitute for chemical fertilizers.
- Highlights the valuable information for the mechanism of action, factors affecting, and limitations of biofertilizers in the wider ecosystem.
- Presents a diversity of techniques used across plant science.
- Designed to cater to the needs of researchers, technologists, policy makers, and undergraduates and postgraduates studying in the fields of organic agriculture, soil microbiology, soil biology, soil fertility, and fertilizers.
- Addresses plant responses to biofertilizers.
Endophytic microbes: Deciphering their role and mechanism to mitigate abiotic stresses in plants as an eco-friendly tool
Sammina Mahmood, Adeel Sattar, Umair Ashraf, Adnan Hassan Tahir, Muhammad Zia-Ur- Rehman
Legacy phosphorus: tracking budget, vulnerability and mobility to ensure sustainable management in the agricultural system
Sammina Mahmood and Umair Ashraf
Bio-fertilizers for Improving Micronutrients Availability
Nazish Huma Khan, Muhammad Sufyan Khan, Tooba Saeed, Fazli Zuljalal, Muhammad Adnan
Role of Plant Bio-stimulants and its Classification
Waseem Ahmed, Adnan Noor Shah, Asad Abbas, Muhammad Nawaz, Abdul Qayyum, Muhammad Umair Hassan, Muther Mansoor Qaisrani, Jallat khan
Approaches for Using Biofertilizers in Substitution of Chemical Fertilizers to Improve Soil Health and Crop Yields in Pakistan
Anas Iqbal, Muhammad Izhar Shafi, Mazhar Rafique, Maid Zaman, Izhar Ali, Waqar-un-Nisa, Ayesha Jabeen, Sofia Asif, Bushra Gul, Muhammad Adnan, Rafi Ullah, Nazeer Ahmad, Muhammad Haroon, Muhammad Romman, Ligeng Jiang
Phosphate mobilizing mycorrhizal based biofertilizers
Muhammad Jawad, Ayesha Jabeen, Ali Raza Gurmani, Mazhar Rafique
Quality standards for production and marketing of biofertilizers
Adeel Ahmad, Amir Aziz, Muhammad Irfan, Mukkram Ali Tahir, Faiza Rawish, Noman Younas
Limitations of using bio biofertilizers as alternative to chemical fertilizers
Muhammad Haroon, Fazli Wahid, Rafi Ullah, Muhammad Adnan, Mukhtar Alam, Hidayat Ullah, Muhammad Saeed and Muhammad Saeed, Shah Fahad, Muhammad Romman, Nazeer Ahmad, Taufiq Nawaz, Anas Iqbal, Zia Ur Rehman, Ayman El Sabagh. Shah Saud, Shah Hassan
Phosphorus Solubilizing Bio-Fertilizers
Kinza Iqbal, Sajid Masood, Qaiser Hussain, Rabia Khalid, Khalid Saifullah Khan, Muhammad Akmal, Shahzada Sohail Ijaz, Muhammad Jamil, Muhammad Azeem, Servat Jehan
Potential Applications of Algae-Based Bio-fertilizer
Hafiz Muhammad Rashad Javeed, Mazhar Ali, Rafi Qamar, Fahim Nawaz, Humaira Yasmin, Koushik Chakraborty, Zainul Abideen, Muhammad Zahid Ihsan, Muhammad Adnan Bukhari
Ectomycorrhizal Fungi: Role as Biofertilizers in Forestry
Hafiz Muhammad Rashad Javeed, Mazhar Ali, Muhammad Shahid Ibni Zamir, Rafi Qamar, Muhammad Mubeen, Atique-ur-Rehman, Muhammad Shahzad, Samina Khalid, Ayman EL Sabagh
Plant growth promoting Rhizobacteria/ Pseudomonas as biofertilizer
Nitrogen Fixing Bio-fertilizers
Muhammad Romman, Rainaz Parvez, Muhammad Adnan, Farhana Gul, Muhammad Haroon, Rafi Ullah, Shah Saud, Nazeer Ahmad, Ishfaq Hameed, Taufiq Nawaz, Muhammad Hamzah Saleem, Sahar Mumtaz, Amanullah, Muhammad Arif, Maid Zaman, Abdel Rahman Altawaha, Shah Hassan
Status of Research and Application of Bio-fertilizers: Global Scenario
Rafi Ullah, Muhammad Junaid, Mehwish Kanwal, Muhammad Adnan, Taufiq Nawaz, Nazeer Ahmed, Fazli Subhan, Muhammad Romman, Shah Saud, Shakeel Ahmad, Anas Iqbal, Fazli Wahid, Muhammad Zamin, Muhammad Haroon, Nazish Huma Khan, Jamal Nasar, Shah Hassan
Bio-fertilizers effect on plant-parasitic nematodes
Taufiq Nawaz, Muhammad Junaid, Mehwish Kanwal, Saeed Ahmed, Nazeer Ahmed, Rafi Ullah, Muhammad Adnan, Muhammad Saeed, Muhammad Romman, Shah Fahad, Maid Zaman, Muhammad Haroon, Muhammad Shahab, Shah Saud, Shah Hassan