1st Edition

Soil Microbiome of the Cold Habitats Trends and Applications

Edited By Puja Gupta, Mohd. Shahnawaz Copyright 2024
    266 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book focuses on cold habitat microbes as a potential source of elite enzymes and secondary metabolites to meet the growing demands of the pharmaceutical, food and biotechnological industries. Microbes living in such extremely cold conditions are reported to produce various biomolecules with potential biotechnological applications.

    The book overviews recent research trends to discover such important biomolecules and also suggests future research directions to discover such elite novel biomolecules.

    Salient features:

    • Covers studies on various biotic communities and abiotic components of the soil of terrestrial habitats with a focus on cold habitats
    • Discusses various 'Omic' approaches: metagenomics and meta-transcriptomics
    • Lists adaptation strategies adopted by cold-adapted microbes
    • Highlights various biotechnological and industrially important biomolecules produced by cold-adapted microbes
    • Explores the role of microbial biofilm in the degradation of microplastics in cold habitats

    1. Soil physicochemical and biological properties in cold habitats of the north-west Himalayas: Their constraints and management strategies

    2. Soil as a host to the biotic community

    3. Effects of soil characteristics on the diversity and biomass of microbial communities

    4. Soil microbiome of cold deserts and its biotechnologically useful adaptations for life on Earth and beyond, with a detailed case study on the Atacama Desert microbiome

    5. Phosphorous, potassium and iron solubilising bacteria in trans-Himalayan soil

    6. Potential and responses of microfungi to the dynamics of cold environments

    7. Rhizobiome of the Indian Himalayan ecosystem and its role

    8. Soil microbiome for enhanced crop productivity

    9. Impact of microbial biofilm community shifts on the degradation of microplastics in cold habitats

    10. A review on the bioprospection of psychrophilic bacteria and their potential applications for sustainability

    11. Psychrophilic soil microorganisms: A potential source of secondary metabolites

    12. Brass tacks of 'Omics' technologies for decoding soil microbiome

    13. Ecological role of psychrophiles and mechanism of adaptation in various cold ecozones

    14. Ecology and remediation of soil: The steps toward modern soil biotechnology

    15. Machine learning to explore the psychrophilic soil microbiome

    16. Mass spectrometry as an emerging analytical technique for agriculture under changing climate


    Dr. Puja Gupta is working as an Assistant Professor of Biotechnology at the Regional Institute of Management and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, Sirhind, Punjab, India and is the recipient of various fellowships: Department of Science and Technology Women Scientist-Scheme A; and Research Associateship and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Direct Senior Research Fellowship from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Besides these prestigious fellowships, she has worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Biotechnology- and National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture-funded projects at the University of Jammu and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, respectively. She qualified in the National Eligibility Test for Lectureship in Life Sciences under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India, Government of India in December 2007. She has 5 years of academic experience and more than 10 years of research experience. She was awarded a women scientist award by the Society for Scientific Development in Agriculture and Technology, Meerut, in 2020, and the Young Researcher Award by the Institute of Scholars in 2021. She has published ten research/review articles as a first author in journals of repute. She has published eight book chapters and three books with publishers of international repute. Her research interests include metagenomics, microbiology, microbial genetics and plant–microbe interactions.

    Dr. Mohd. Shahnawaz is currently working as an Assistant Professor on a contract basis at the Department of Botany, University of Ladakh, Kargil Campus, Khumbathang-194105, Kargil, Ladakh UT, India. Previously, he was selected as an Associate Professor at Biofuels Institute, School of the Environment and Safety Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China (2021) and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, North Gyeongsan, South Korea (2020). He is the recipient of various fellowships: National Post-Doctoral Fellowship, funded by the Department of Science and Technology – Science and Engineering Board, Government of India; University Grants Commission-Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship, funded by the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India; and the University Grants Commission Basic Scientific Research Fellowship (previously known as the University Grants Commission Meritorious Fellowship), funded by University Grants Commission, Government of India. He has several years of teaching and post-doctoral experience. In 2019, he was awarded Young Scientist Award by the VD Good Professional Association at Visakhapatnam, India. He has served as a reviewer, editor and guest editor for several national and international journals. He has published more than 22 research articles/reviews, 11 book chapters and 8 books with publishers of international repute. His research interests are in ecology, microbiology, bioremediation, plant secondary metabolites, integrative medicine and drug discovery.