1st Edition

Microbiology of the Agricultural Sky

By K. R. Krishna Copyright 2024
    464 Pages 17 Color Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    Unknown to most people, there are innumerable microbial species that accomplish vital ecosystem functions while residing in a suspended state in the troposphere or resting on crop canopies. These microbial species, if utilized properly, can improve agriculture. At the same time, harmful microbes can also devastate crops easily. This new book, Microbiology of the Agricultural Sky, explores a number of microbes present in the agrarian sky and details their identities, roles in nature, and usefulness to crops as well as other biotic factors.

    The volume first provides an introduction that details the historical aspects of microbes relating to their discovery and identification of their role in agrarian ecosystems. The book then gives detailed explanations of microbes in the atmosphere, with information on the general distribution, spread distance, and intercontinental migration of microbes in the atmosphere. It discusses aeolian dust microbes above agrarian regions and the role of aerial microbes in nutrient dynamics. The book also explains the functions of microbes that reside on crop canopies and the importance of the plant‘s phyllosphere. It looks at microbial flora and how a region‘s bio-geochemical functions affect crops. Also discussed is the role of aerial microbes in inducing epidemics and pandemics among different crops. The final chapter details farm procedures that can be adopted in the outfield and in animal houses and how they impact atmospheric microbes.

    Key features:

    • Highlights the relevance of the agrarian sky and its microbial component, detailing the wide range of functions that microbes accomplish in the aerospace
    • Presents a timeline of discoveries about aeromicrobiology and the agrarian sky
    • Discusses aerial microbes on crop canopies and their influence on plant pathogens, including beneficial nutrients, need for crop protection, etc.
    • Looks at the microbiology of the agrarian sky and the spread of crop diseases locally and via the intercontinental migration of microbes
    • Discusses farm procedures and their impact on microbes in the troposphere and the agricultural fields beneath it

    This first-of-its-kind book provides extensive information on microorganisms that can be traced in the agrarian sky and their relevance to agriculture. The easy-to-read style of the book makes it suitable for farmers, agricultural science professors, students, and researchers. It will be useful for farm specialists dealing with airborne diseases, GHG emissions, and agronomic procedures as well.

    1. Microbes in the Agricultural Sky: Historical and Introductory Aspects

    2. Microbes in Atmosphere: An Agrarian Perspective

    3. Aerial Migration of Microbes: Influence on Agricultural Ecosystems

    4. Aeolian Dust Storms and Microbes

    5. Aerial Microbes and Nutrient Dynamics in Agricultural Cropping Zones

    6. Microbes on Crop Canopies: Their Significance to Crop Productivity

    7. Aerial Microbes and Crop Diseases: Epidemics and Pandemics

    8. Farm Procedures and Aerial Microbes


    K. R. Krishna, PhD (Agriculture), is an agricultural scientist. His contributions deal with soil fertility, microbiology, agroecosystems, precision farming, farm robotics, and unmanned aerial vehicle systems. He has authored journal articles, refereed papers, books, and book chapters. He is a member of the International Society for Precision Agriculture, American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, and Indian Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of India. He has authored several books on international agriculture. He is retired from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India. He has received several awards for his contributions including Prof APJ Abdul Kalam Gold Medal in 2017 for his contributions to international agriculture and peace.