The present book comprising 16 chapters covers various aspects of microorganisms as natural resources for sustainable agriculture. The composition of media used for culturing the microorganisms and methods are also enlisted in this book. Figures with updated information is also a salient feature of this book. Selected references, suggested readings, glossary of terms used is given at the end of the book.The book is written as per the syllabi of the various universities. This will form a textbook for both UG and PG level of traditional universities, agricultural universities, industrial microbiology, microbial biotechnology, microbial ecology, applied microbiology and plant pathology. This also forms a very good source for general reading for all categories including the candidates appearing for various competitive examinations.
1. Biological Nitrogen Fixation 2. Legume (Rhizobium) Inoculants 3. Free-Living Nitrogen Fixers 4. Azospirillum Inoculant 5. Endophytic Bacteria 6. Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) 7. Blue-Green (Cyanobacterial) Inoculants 8. Azolla Biofertilizer 9. Phosphate Solubilizing Microorganisms 10. Actinorrhizal Associations 11. Mycorrhizae 12. Organic Matter Recycling and Composting 13. Organic Farming 14. Biological Control 15. Biomethanation 16. Molecular Techniques for Ecological Studies Appendix 1: Media Appendix 2: Some Universal Methods for Detection and Quantification of Plant Growth Promoting Attributes of Rhizobacteria Selected References and Suggested Reading Glossary Index
K.V.B.R. Tilak :- K.V.B.R. Tilak, Senior Scientist, National Academy of Sciences, India, Department of Botany,Osmania University, Hyderabad, A.P.K.K. Pal :- K.K. Pal, Senior Scientist, Microbiology National Research Centre for Groundnut (ICAR), Junagadh Guajarat.Rinku Dey :- Rinku Dey, Senior Scientist, Microbiology National Research Centre for Groundnut (ICAR),Junagadh Guajarat.