1st Edition

Microbial Biostimulants Biorational Pesticides for Management of Plant Pathogens

Edited By Faheem Ahmad, Rakesh Pandey Copyright 2024
    446 Pages 20 Color & 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    This new volume explores the field of microbial biostimulants, a new and emerging field of plant study that emphasizes the benefit of microbes for plants. Microbial biostimulants can have a positive influence on plant health and growth, enhancing agricultural yield and improving resistance to negative environmental changes with zero harmful discharges.

    This book, Microbial Biostimulants: Biorational Pesticides for Management of Plant Pathogens, explores how microbial-based biopesticides can be used for managing pests and plant diseases as well as for the promotion of growth. It looks at the advantages of employing microbial biostimulants over other pest and disease control methods. It also looks at the application of microbial biostimulants as a response to the modern agricultural need for increased productivity and plant health.

    This book brings together an extensive collection of information on beneficial microorganisms, including newly introduced microorganisms, their biological activities and specificity, resistance mechanisms to pests, formulation, application in agricultural practices, etc.

    Key features:

    • Provides a roadmap for using microbial biostimulant practices for pest and disease control as a sustainable approach in agriculture
    • Covers the essential aspects of biorational lines for crop stress management
    • Looks at the use of microbial biostimulants for management of specific diseases, including root-knot disease, various soil-borne diseases, etc.
    • Considers the role of rhizobacteria in plant disease management

    Microbial Biostimulants: Biorational Pesticides for Management of Plant Pathogens will be extremely useful for students, academicians, researchers, and policymakers in the field of food security and diverse disciplines of agricultural sciences.

    1. Pests and Diseases: A Global Threat to Plants

    Ioannis Vagelas, George Michail, and Panagiotis Madesis

    2. Production of Microbial Biostimulants as a Response to the Modern Agricultural Need for Productivity and Plant Health

    Lobna Hajji-Hedfi, Dina S. S. Ibrahim, Soukaina Ben Othmen, Sozan E. El-Abeid, Wassila Hlaoua, Mohamed A. Mosa, Abdelhak Rhouma, Shaimaa N. Riad, Shimaa Ghareeb, Marwa M. El-Deriny, Hossam E. Harb, Yomna A. Mohamed, and Khaled Elmnasri

    3. Bacillus Species: Prospects and Applications for Root-Knot Disease Management

    Mahfouz Mohamed Mostafa Abd-Elgawad

    4. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi to Protect Vegetable Crops from Pathogenic Root-Knot Nematodes

    C. Sankaranarayanan

    5. Unravelling the Mechanism of Microbial Biostimulants for Controlling Pests and Diseases

    Daisy Senapoty, Lopamudra Giri, and Puppala Sri Saranya

    6. Rhizobacteria as a Potential Bioagent against Root-Galling Disease in Vegetable Crops

    Marwa M. El-Deriny, Dina S. S. Ibrahim, and Nabil S. Farag

    7. The Role of Endophytic Bacteria in Plant Immune Responses and Plant Disease Control

    Nabil Radouane, Haitam Hmamssi, Jihane Kenfaoui, Ikram Legrifi, Aissam Daaboub, Khadija Goura, Said Ezrari, Hajar El Hamss, and Rachid Lahlali

    8. Exploring the Role of Piriformospora indica and Pichia anomala in the Management of Plant Pathogens

    Mohini Yadav, Vikash Kumar, and Saurabh C. Saxena

    9. Fungal Endophytes in Plants: Friends or Betrayers?

    Daisy Senapoty, Bhuvaneswari V., Mohana Pradeep R. K., and Mateti Gayithri

    10. Promoting Plant Growth by ACC Deaminase Enzyme-Producing Bacterial Endophytes Under Biotic Stress Conditions

    Mohammad Yaseen Mir and Fadime Karabulut

    11. Rhizobacteria-Induced Resistance in Plants towards Cyst Nematodes

    Frederick Kankam, Isaac Boatey Akpatsu, and Stephen Larbi-Koranteng

    12. Microbial and Algal Biostimulants: Modern Approach towards the Next Generation of Sustainable Agriculture

    Gholamreza Abdi, Ab Waheed Wani, and Mukul Machhindrabarwant

    13. Microbiota in the Edible Mushroom Industry: Disease Management, Yield, and Quality Improvement

    Ivana Potoenik, Svetlana Milijaševiæ-Marèiæ, Gabriella Kanizai Sarie, and Ivana Majiae

    14. Microbial Consortia as Plant Biostimulants: Definition, Concept, Categories, and Regulation

    Nafissa Soudani, Khaoula Toumi, Moussa El Jarroudi, and Sami Fattouch

    15. Conditioning Root-Associated Microbiota through Root-Exudate Metabolites to Protect Plants against Soil-Borne Diseases

    Sunita Singh, Ruchi Dube, and Arpita Gupte

    16. Potential of Entomopathogenic Fungi in Plant Health Management

    Pranjali Sinha, Jitendra Kumar Pal, and Ashish Kumar


    Faheem Ahmad, PhD, is a Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. His research is based on the study of plant-nematode interaction, plant disease, microbe-mediated biotic stress management, and agricultural biotechnology and microbiology. He is the author of more than 43 papers, associate editor of the Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection (Springer), and academic editor of Peer J-Life & Environment.Dr. Ahmad has guided one PhD student and several MSc students to date. He is a recipient of several fellowships and awards, including NRF, TSRO Young Scientist, SERB-DST Young Scientist, and TUBITAK Foreign Researcher Award. He is a fellow of the International Society for Development and Sustainability (Japan) and Bose Science Society (India). He gained postdoctoral experiences at Ehime University (Japan), North-West University (South Africa), Ege University (Turkey), and National Sun Yat-Sen University (Taiwan).

    Rakesh Pandey, PhD, is Professor Emeritus (Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research) and Emeritus Scientist, Crop Protection and Production Division, CSIR–Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, India. He has authored many research papers, book chapters, review articles, books, and bulletins. He holds four US patents and has developed eight disease-resistant plant varieties of medicinal and aromatic plants. He has 29 rhizospheric microbes accession numbers from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi. He is a recipient of several national and international awards including the Prof. H.M. Shah Memorial Award (2017), Dr. Manmohan Attavar Gold Medal in Floriculture (2017), M.R. Siddiqi Memorial Award (2018), and Prof. Uma Kant Sinha Memorial Award (2021), among others. He is President of the Indian Phytopathological Society (2022-23). Dr. Pandey has so far guided 13 PhD students and several MSc and MTech students. He has been granted several projects from national funding agencies. Dr. Pandey is an expert and task force member of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for crop protection-related projects and selections.

    "Focuses on manipulating plant health by inoculating beneficial microbes and provides a resource for studying the impact of microbial biostimulants against plant pathogens, including plant-parasitic nematodes. . . . Provide[s] information on production of microbial and algal biostimulants as a response to the modern agriculture, application of various bio-control agents including Bacillus species, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, rhizobacteria, bacterial and fungal endophytes, microbiota in the edible mushroom industry, and microbial consortia for better plant health by managing plant pathogens. . . . A valuable source of information on many aspects of plant health through microbial applications known for being environment friendly. The efforts made by the editors are commendable, and the book would be useful for academicians, researchers, students, farmers as well as all the microbial-biostimulants industries stakeholders."

    S. C. Dubey, PhD, Assistant General Director, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India