1st Edition

Microbial Based Land Restoration Handbook, Volume 1 Plant-Microbial Interaction and Soil Remediation

Edited By Umesh Pankaj, Vimal Pandey Copyright 2023
    318 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Plant-microbe interaction is a powerful and promising link to mitigate the various kinds of stresses like drought, salinity, heavy metals, and pathogenic effects. It is more beneficial for crop improvement and sustainable approaches for reclamation of problematic soils. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this book explores the recent uses of plant-microbe interactions in ecological and agricultural revitalization beyond normal agriculture practices and offers practical and applied solutions for the restoration of degraded land to fulfill human needs with food, fodder, fuel, and fiber. It provides a single comprehensive platform for soil scientists, agriculture specialists, ecologists, and those in related disciplines.


    • Presents cutting-edge microbial biotechnology as a tool for restoring degraded lands

    • Explores the aspects of sustainable development of degraded lands using microbe-inspired land remediation

    • Highlights sustainable food production intensification in nutrient-poor lands through the innovative use of microbial inoculants

    • Explains the remediation of polluted land for regaining biodiversity and achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

    • Includes many real-life applications from South Asia offering solutions to today’s agricultural problems

    This book will be of interest to professionals, researchers, and students in environmental, soil, and agricultural sciences, as well as stakeholders, policy makers, and practitioners with an interest in this field.

    Chapter 1. Plant Microbe Consortium for Heavy Metals Removal From Contaminated Soil, Chapter 2. Role of Plant-microbial Secondary Metabolites in Stress Mitigation: Current Knowledge and Future Directions, Chapter 3. Biochar-microbe Interactions: an Integrated Mitigation Approach for Emerging Pollutant Management, Chapter 4. Next-gen Approaches to Understand Plant-microbe Interactions Providing Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants, Chapter 5. Bio-nanotechnology in Plant Protection: a Novel Frontier for Risk Mitigation Towards Sustainable Agriculture, Chapter 6. Metagenomics of Sustainably Bioremediating Microbial Diversity, Chapter 7. Plant Growth Promoting Microbial Consortia for Alleviation of Abiotic Stress in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Chapter 8. Symbiotic Effect of Mycorrhizal Fungi and Native Plant on Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soils, Chapter 9. Biopesticide Usage: an Alternative to the Menace of Chemical Hazard for Sustainable Plant Protection, Chapter 10. Plastic Degrading Microorganisms: Eco-friendly Tool: for Combating Plastic Pollution in Soil, Chapter 11. An Integrated Approach for Rehabilitation of Mine Spoil Based on Plant Microbe Interactions, Chapter 12. Microbial Remediation of Hazardous Chemical Pesticides Towards Sustainable Agriculture, Chapter 13. Plant-soil-microbe Interaction for Organic Production of Oilseeds


    Dr. Vimal Chandra Pandey is internationally recognized in the field of Phyto management of polluted sites. Dr. Pandey is a CSIR-Pool Scientist at the Department of Environmental Science, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India. He also works as a Consultant at CSTUP and DST-Young Scientist at the Plant Ecology and Environmental Science Division, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India. He is a recipient of a number of awards, honors, and fellowships such as CSTUP-Young Scientist award, DST SERB-Young scientist award, UGC-Dr. DS Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is a Member of IUCN-CEM Ecosystem Restoration, Agro-ecosystems, South Asia, and a member of the BECT’s Editorial Board. He has published more than 52 peer-reviewed articles and 37 book chapters. He is the author and editor of four books published by Elsevier. His high-quality research papers have good citations and have been cited worldwide by researchers within a short period of time. He is also serving as a potential reviewer for several journals from Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis etc. Dr. Umesh Pankaj is a Teaching and Research Associate in the Microbiology Department at Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, India. His doctoral degree in Microbiology was awarded from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His area of research is mainly focused on the phytoremediation of salt-affected soil using halotolerant Bio-inoculants like PGPRs and Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Fungi. Currently, he is working on Biofertilizers used for sustainable development. He has published 11 research articles in peer reviewed international journals and 5 book chapters. He has received Young Microbiologist Award from Agro-Environmental Development Society, Uttar Pradesh and Best Poster Award from ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, India. He is a life member of various scientific societies.