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Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation of Environmental Pollutants
Recent Advances and Challenges

ISBN 9780367330576
Published July 15, 2020 by A K Peters/CRC Press
216 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation of Environmental Pollutants: Recent Advances and Challenges provides comprehensive information on the principles and practical knowledge of microbe-assisted phytoremediation of organic and inorganic pollutants for environmental safety. This book describes the physiological, biochemical, microbiological, and molecular basis of microbe-assisted phytoremediation and contains many relevant topics to fill the gaps in developing an understanding of microbe-assisted phytoremediation of environmental pollutants.

The book provides state-of-the-art knowledge on fundamental, practical, and purposeful utilization of plant-associated bacteria (plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria [PGPR] and endophytes) and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for plant-growth promotion and enhanced phytoremediation of environmental pollutants in the contaminated matrix.


  • Provides a state-of-the-art overview of microbe-assisted phytoremediation
  • Emphasizes the roles of PGPR, endophytes, and mycorrhizal fungi in assisted phytoremediation
  • Elucidates biochemical and molecular mechanisms of microbe-assisted phytoremediation
  • Details field studies and success stories of microbe-assisted phytoremediation
  • Explores advances, challenges, and future directions in microbe-assisted phytoremediation

The book serves as a valuable resource for researchers, ecotoxicologists, environmental scientists and engineers, environmental microbiologists and biotechnologists, environmental health and risk scientists, environmental science managers and administrators, remediation practitioners, environmental policymakers, and students at the postgraduate and doctoral levels in the relevant fields who wish to work on microbe-assisted phytoremediation of pollutants for environmental safety and sustainability.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation: A Promising technology for Remediation of Environmental Pollutants. Plant-Microbe Partnership: Multipurpose Benefits and Role in Assisting Phytoremediation. Plant-Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria-Assisted Phytoremediation of Organic and Inorganic Pollutants. Endophyte-Assisted Phytoremediation of Organic and Inorganic Pollutants. Diazotrophs-Assisted Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals. Phosphate-Solubilizing Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal. Phytoaugmentation: An Emerging and Sustainable Approach for Remediation of Contaminants in Wastewater through Augmenting Phytoremediation Technology. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi-Assisted Phytoremediation of Organic and Inorganic Pollutants. Genetically Engineered Plant-Associated Microbes in Assisted Phytoremediation of Organic and Inorganic Pollutants. Success Stories of Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation. Emerging Issues and Challenges in Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation. Conclusions and Future Prospects. References. Index.

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Vineet Kumar currently works at School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India. He received his B.Sc. (2008) in Biology and Chemistry from Meerut College, Meerut and M.Sc. (2010) in Microbiology from Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh (UP), India. At the same university, he also earned M.Phil. (2011) in Microbiology. Afterward, he joined the Department of Environmental Microbiology in 2012 at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (A Central) University (BBAU), Lucknow, UP, India, where he completed his doctoral work (2018) in the field of Environmental Microbiology (specializing in Bioremediation and Metagenomics of Distillery Waste). Due to his outstanding academic contribution during Ph.D., he has received a merit certificate by Vice-Chancellor of BBAU. His research focused on understanding the role and mechanism of rhizospheric bacterial communities to assist metal uptake by wetland plants and assessment of bioaugmentation and biostimulation approaches for bioremediation of hazardous industrial waste. He has published 08 research articles in high impact peer-reviewed journals published from Springer Nature, Elsevier and Frontiers Media. He has also authored/co-authored 04 conferences proceeding articles, 25 book chapters and 05 magazine articles on different aspects of bioremediation and phytoremediation of industrial waste pollutants. He is the editor of three books, Phytoremediation of Environmental Pollutants (CRC Press, USA), Bioremediation for Environmental Sustainability: (Vol-I) Toxicity, Mechanisms of Contaminants Degradation, Detoxification and Challenges (Elsevier, USA), Bioremediation for Environmental Sustainability: (Vol-II) Approaches to Tackle Pollution for Cleaner and Greener Society (Elsevier, The Netherlands), New Trends In Removal Of Heavy Metals From Industrial Wastewater (Elsevier, USA), and author of one (01) book,  Recent Advances in Distillery Waste Management for Environmental Safety (CRC Press, USA). He has been presented several papers relevant to his research areas in national and international con¬ferences. He is an active member of various scientific societies including; The Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI), The Biotech Research Society (BRSI), India and Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), India. He is Secretary General of the Society for Green Environment, Delhi, India. He can be reached at [email protected]; [email protected]

Gaurav Saxena has been a Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, School of Life and Allied Sciences (SLAS) and a member of Proctorial Board at Baba Farid Institute of Technology (BFIT), Dehradun (UK) India since 2019. He was born in 1989 and completed schooling from Government Schools at Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh (UP) India. Dr. Saxena received his B.Sc. (2010) in Industrial Microbiology, Zoology, Botany and Chemistry from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal (Central) University (HNBGU), Srinagar (Garhwal), Uttarakhand (UK), India. He received his M.Sc. (2013) in Environmental Microbiology from the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (Central) University, Lucknow (UP) India, where his interest in environmental issues began with work on environmental remediation using microorganisms. At the same university, Dr. Saxena earned his Ph.D. (2020) in Environmental Microbiology specializing in Microbial Bioremediation and Metagenomics Research. He then went to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India, where he was trained on a Department of Biotechnology (DBT)-sponsored research project for the production of biofuel from oleaginous bacteria under the supervision of Prof. Indu Shekhar Thakur. He is an active young researcher in the area of Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Toxicology, Bio/Phytoremediation, Metagenomics, and Biological Wastewater Treatment. Dr. Saxena also teaches courses in General Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Microbial Genetics, Immunology, Environmental Microbiology and laboratory techniques in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. Currently, Dr. Saxena is engaged in developing eco-friendly treatment solutions for hazardous industrial effluents. He has been qualified (2016) National Eligibility Test (NET) and received Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India (GOI), India. His research work has been also recognized in social media. Dr. Saxena has been awarded honorary "Young Environmentalist Award-2018" and "Young Achiever Award" by Agro-Environmental Development Society (AEDS) and "Institute of Scholars (InSc)", India respectively, in recognition of his scientific work. He is the editor of five (05) books, Bioremediation for Environmental Sustainability: Toxicity, Mechanisms of Contaminants Degradation, Detoxification and Challenges (Elsevier, USA), Bioremediation for Environmental Sustainability: Approaches to Tackle Pollution for Cleaner and Greener Society (Elsevier, The Netherlands), "Bioremediation of Industrial Pollutants (Write and Print Publication, India), Bioremediation of Industrial Waste for Environmental Safety: Industrial Waste and Its Management (Springer Nature, Singapore), and Bioremediation of Industrial Waste for Environmental Safety: Biological Agents and Methods for Industrial Waste Management (Springer Nature, Singapore) and author of one (01) book, Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation of Environmental Pollutants: Recent Advances and Challenges (Taylor & Francis, USA). He is also on the editorial board of Frontiers in Microbiology Journal and serving as a Review Editor. Dr. Saxena’s academic contributions includes: scientific papers (12), book reviews (03), conference papers (03), book chapters (26), popular science articles (11), weblished articles (04), and news paper article (01) in high impact national and international journals (Springer Nature, Elsevier and International Water Association (IWA)), conference proceedings, books (Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and Elsevier), science magazines, websites, and news paper, respectively. Dr Saxena has been served as a potential reviewer for several international and national scientific journals in his thrust areas. He is a member of the Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI), Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), American Chemical Society (ACS) USA, and British Ecological Society (BES), London, UK. He is a nature-lover and has keen interest in environmental protection. He can be reached at [email protected] For more updates on his research, please visit his ResearchGate profile (www.researchgate.net/profile/Gaurav_Saxena2).


"Phytoremediation is inexpensive and beneficial in many environmental applications, as documented in this work addressing the cooperative action of different types of microorganisms and plants in contaminated soil. Beneficial effects of bacteria and fungi have been foundational to soil science, and advancing phytotechnology for the improvement of soil health is a subject of ongoing research. Many new studies have been reported since 1990, and a good review of this literature is appropriate and welcome. The ecology of the rhizosphere including positive interactions of bacteria and fungi is an ongoing area of phytoremediation research. Advances through genetic engineering to improve plant growth-promoting bacteria for use in phytotechnology applications are covered in a separate chapter. Many success stories are reported, and the text is supported by frequent tables that summarize progress on specific topics. Any student of soil ecology improvement would find this volume of interest."

L. E. Erickson, emeritus, Kansas State University, Choice, Oct 2021