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1st Edition

Frontiers in Soil and Environmental Microbiology

ISBN 9781138599352
Published March 12, 2020 by CRC Press
365 Pages 50 Color & 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Soil harbours a wide range of microorganisms with biotic potentials which can be explored for social benefits. The book Frontiers in Soil and Environmental Microbiology comprises an overview of the complex inter-relationship between beneficial soil microbes and crop plants, and highlights the potential for utilisation to enhance crop productivity, bioremediation and soil health. The book focusses on important areas of research such as biocide production, pesticide degradation and detoxification, microbial decay processes, remediation of soils contaminated with toxic metals, industrial wastes, and hydrocarbon pollutants.


  • Presents the state of the art of microbial research in environmental and soil microbiology
  • Discusses an integrated and systematic compilation of microbes in the soil environment and its role in agriculture and plant growth and productivity
  • Elucidates microbial application in environmental remediation
  • Explores advanced genomics topics for uncultivable microbes of soil

Table of Contents

1 Role of additives in improving efficiency of bioformulation for plant growth and development 
Brahmaprakash G.P., Pramod Kumar Sahu, Lavanya G, Amrita Gupta, Sneha S Nair and Vijaykumar Gangaraddi 2 Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonization of Spartidium saharae and their impact on soil microbiological properties
Mahdhi  Mosbah, Mahmoudi Neji and Mars Mohamed  
3 Beneficial Role of Aspergillus sp. in agricultural soil and environment
Shubhransu Nayak, Soma Samanta and Arup Kumar Mukherjee 
4 Verrucomicrobia in soil: An agricultural prospective
Byomkesh Dash, Swapnarani Nayak, Avishek Pahari and Suraja Kumar Nayak 
5 Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria: Prospects and Application
Avishek Pahari, Alisha Pradhan, Suraja Kumar Nayak and Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra 
6 Potential Use of Soil Enzymes as Soil Quality Indicators in Agriculture
Adewole Tomiwa Adetunji, Bongani Ncube, Reckson Mulidzi, Francis Bayo Lewu 
7 Microorganisms for the imperishable growth of agriculture
Awanish Kumar 
8 Mycorrhizae and its Scope in Agriculture
Pratima Ray 
9 Industrial applications of novel compounds from Bacillus sp.
Estibaliz Sansinenea 
10 Expanding role of microbial products in pharmaceutical development: a concise review
Dibyajyoti Samantaray, Swagat Kumar Das, Hrudayanath Thatoi 
11 Thermophilic bacteria- environmental and industrial applications
Balsam T. Mohammad and Punyasloke Bhadury 
12 Metagenomics: The Approach and Techniques in Finding New Bioactive Compounds
Bighneswar Baliyarsingh 
13 Synthesis of biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoates from soil bacteria
Catherine A. Kelly, Tim W. Overton and Mike J. Jenkins 
14 Fish  processing  waste  as  a  beneficial  substrate  for  microbial  enzyme  production:  An  overview
Supriya  Dash, Soumyashree  Barik and Anupama  Baral 
15 Soil yeasts and its application in biorefineries - second-generation ethanol
Disney Ribeiro Dias, Angélica Cristina de Souza, Luara Aparecida Simões, and Rosane Freitas Schwan 
16 Renewable Hydrocarbon from Biomass: Thermo-Chemical, Chemical and Biochemical Perspectives
Tripti Sharma, Diptarka Dasgupta, Preeti Sagar, Arijit Jana, Neeraj Atray,
Siddharth S Ray, Saugata Hazra and Debashish Ghosh 
17 Prospect of microbes in the future fuelling
Arpan Das, Priyanka Ghosh, Uma Ghosh and Keshab Chandra Mondal 
18 Lignolytic enzymes from fungus: A consolidated bioprocessing approach for bioethanol production
Sonali Mohapatra, Suruchee Samparnna Mishra, Manish Paul and Hrudayanath Thatoi 
19 Microbial biofuels: Renewable source of energy
Ekta Narwal, Jairam Choudhary, Surender Singh, Lata Nain, Sandeep Kumar, Mohan Lal Dotaniya, Azad Singh Panwar, R.P. Mishra, Prakash Chand Ghasal, Lalit Krishan Meena, Amit Kumar, and Sunil Kumar 
20 Sustainable Bioenergy Options in India: Potential for Microalgal Biofuels
Debesh Chandra Bhattacharya 
21 Production of biofuels by anaerobic bacteria
Disney Ribeiro Dias, Maysa Lima Parente, Roberta Hilsdorf Piccoli and Rosane Freitas Schwan 
22 Microbial cell factories as a source of bioenergy and biopolymers
Prasun Kumar 
23 Production and future scenarios of advanced biofuels from microbes
Swagatika Rout 
24 Soil yeasts and their application in biorefineries - Prospects for biodiesel production
Disney Ribeiro Dias, Luara Aparecida Simões, Angélica Cristina de Souza and Rosane Freitas Schwan 
25 Production of Biodegradable Polymers (PHAs) by Soil Microbes Utilizing Waste Materials as Carbon Source
Swati Mohapatra, Niteesh Pandey, Saikat Dey, Diptarka Dasgupta, Parsenjit Mondal, Debashish Ghosh and Saugata Hazra 
26 Microbial metagenomics: Current advances in investigating microbial ecology and population dynamics
Shreya Ghosh and Alok Prasad Das 
27 Effect of Soil Pollution on Soil Microbial Diversity
Mohan Lal Dotaniya, K Aparna, Jairam Choudhary, Chetan Kumar Dotaniya, Praveen Solanki, Ekta Narwal, Kuldeep Kumar, RK Doutaniya, Roshan Lal, Babu L Meena, Manju Lata, Mahendra Singh and Udal Singh 
28 Polyhydroxyalkanoates: The Green Polymer
Swati Mohapatra, Sudipto Maity, Swayamsidha Pati, Ankita Dash and Deviprasad Samantaray 
29 Impact of Nano Particles on Soil Microbial Ecology
Tapan Adhikari and Samaresh Kundu 
30 Chitinase producing soil bacteria: Prospects and Applications
Suraja Kumar Nayak, Byomkesh Dash, Swapnarani Nayak, Swaraj Mohanty and Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra 
31 Recent Advances in Bioremediation for Cleanup Inorganic Pollutants Contaminated Soils
Praveen Solanki, Mohan Lal Dotaniya, Neha Khanna, Shiv Singh Meena, Amit Kumar Rabha, Sampda Rawat, Chetan Kumar Dotaniya and Rajeev umar Srivastava 
32 Yeast: An agent for biological treatment of agroindustrial residues
Josiane Ferreira Pires and Cristina Ferreira Silva 
33 Microalgae: a potential anti-cancerous and anti-inflammatory agent
S. M. Samantaray, Pritikrishna Majhi and Jayalaxmi Dash 
34 Rod shaped maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanomaterials for adsorptive removal of Cr6+ and Fˉions from aqueous stream
Jyoti Prakash Dhal and Garudadhwaj Hota

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Dr Suraja Kumar Nayak obtained Ph.D. from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology in 2013 and is presently working as Lecturer, Department of Biotechnology, College of Engineering and Technology, Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Dr. Nayak has 07 years of teaching and research experience in field of Microbiology and Biotechnology. His areas of teaching and research include general and environmental microbiology, soil microbiology, industrial and food biotechnology, microbial biotechnology. Dr. Nayak has published 14 scientific papers including book chapters in various journals and national and international books. Currently 2 more edited books are in press from Wiley and NIPA publishers. He has also submitted 05 accession no. to NCBI, USA and have presented papers in various national and international seminars. Three numbers of M.Tech and more than 10 B.Tech students have successfully completed their dissertation under his guidance.
Dr Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra is presently working as the ICAR-Emeritus Professor, P.G. Department of Microbiology, College of Basic Science & Humanities, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India after his superannuation from the University in May, 2018. He obtained M. Phil. and Ph.D. Degree in 1983 and 1987 respectively from Berhampur University, Odisha. He has more than 37 years of teaching and research experience. A total of 11 students have been awarded doctoral degree under his supervision from various Universities across India and currently four more are actively working in the field of environmental and soil microbiology. In addition, he has guided more than 25 P.G. students. He has 59 research publications and more than 20 book chapters & research manuscript in various journals of national and international repute. He is credited with 25 accession numbers submitted to NCBI, USA. Also he has contributed research article as book chapter to the encyclopedia ‘Environmental Engineering’ published by Gulf Publishing, USA and book chapters in many more edited books pertaining to soil and environmental microbiology. He has edited 9 books in microbiology and biotechnology published by national and international publishers and 1 book on Botany practical. Currently 2 more edited books are in press from Wiley and NIPA publishers. Moreover he has also successfully completed 1 UGC Major project from Govt. Of India and was the Chief Nodal Officer of project ‘Biofertilizer Production Unit’ under RKVY (Rastriya Krishi Vikash Yojana), Govt. of Odisha amounting to 150 Lakh INR. He is awarded as ‘Best teacher award’ from the University in 2012 and from the college in 2015. For significant contributions in microbiology, he was conferred with Prof. Harihar Pattnaik memorial award by the Orissa Botanical Society in 2016. In addition he got best teacher award from Orissa Botanical Society in 2018.