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"Microbial Strategies for Crop Improvement"

edited by Khan, Mohammad Saghir; Zaidi, Almas; Musarrat, Javed

2010, XVIII, 358 p. 37 illus., 2 in color., Hardcover.
Price: $279.00 plus shipping and handling ($8.00, U.S. or $25.00 Elsewhere)

This book presents the multidisciplinary nature and the many fascinating aspects of microbiological approaches for crop improvement in both conventional and stressed soils where quality and safety are the key concerns. The major goal is to provide a cross-section of the latest accomplishments and envisaged future directions in these areas. It gives a holistic view of the basic concepts and practical utility of microbes and thus presents an all-inclusive contemporary treatise on strategic aspects of the diverse microbial communities providing solutions to oodles of customary agronomic problems. This book benefits people working in the area of agronomy, biotechnology, environmental biology, microbiology, plant physiology, plant protection and soil science. The contributions by eminent academicians and professionals ensure a good equilibrium between theory and practice without compromising the basic conceptual framework of the concerned subject.

Contents:
1 The Use of Microorganisms to Facilitate the Growth of Plants in Saline Soils
2 Recent Advances in Plant Growth Promotion by Phosphate-Solubilizing Microbes
3 Developing Beneficial Microbial Biofilms on Roots of Non legumes: A Novel Biofertilizing Technique
4 Role of 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase in Rhizobium–Legume Symbiosis
5 Strategies for Crop Improvement in Contaminated Soils Using Metal-Tolerant Bioinoculants
6 Functional Diversity Among Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria: Current Status
7 Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria and Sustainable Agriculture
8 Soil Health – A Precondition for Crop Production
9 Recent Advances in Biopesticides
10 Benefits of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi to Sustainable Crop Production
11 Enhancement of Rhizobia–Legumes Symbioses and Nitrogen Fixation for Crops Productivity Improvement
12 Monitoring the Development of Nurse Plant Species to Improve the Performances of Reforestation Programs in Mediterranean Areas
13 Pea Cultivation in Saline Soils: Influence of Nitrogen Nutrition
14 Plant Growth-Promoting Diazotrophs and Productivity of Wheat on the Canadian Prairies
15 Factors Affecting the Variation of Microbial Communities in Different Agro-Ecosystems
16 Strategies for Utilizing Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Phosphate-Solubilizing Microorganisms for Enhanced Phosphate Uptake and Growth of Plants in the Soils of the Tropics
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