Mycorrhizal research has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few decades. These fungi promise to promote plant growth, maintain plant and soil health, assist in bio-protection against root diseases, production with reduced fertilizer and pesticides & nutrient acquisition, affect soil skeletal structure holding primary soil particles together, are conductive to formation of microaggregate structures, higher rhizosphere population, symbiosis alters host water relations, alter root length and architecture. These fungi also help in re-vegetation of landscapes, golf course or contaminated soils, biological hardening of tissue culture raised plants, postpone leaf dehydration, draught responses, osmo-protecting enzymes and enhance P acquisition. AM symbiosis could conceivably affect any of these steps. AMF should be considered as an alternative to costly soil disinfection. The mechanism(s) by which fungi induce resistance in their hosts and enhance disease resistance need critical evaluation and examination. Editors see this volume as a tremendously valuable collection of specialized up-date chapters describing the State-of-The-Art and Modern Protocols in mycorrhizal research, seriously presented and synthesized.
Gopi K. Podila :-
K. Podila, Chairperson, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, USA. He has been visiting Professor to a large number of universities in Europe and North America. He is serving on editorial board of prestigious journals like Symbiosis New Protection. Also serving on steering committee of 'International Ectomycorrhiza Genome Consortium', and Liason between the Ecto-and Endo -mycorrhizal Genome Sequencing Initiative. Dr. Podila has edited and contributed chapters including Functional Genomics and Microarray Analysis and Handbook of Molecular and Cellular Methods in Biology and Medicine. Ajit Varma :- Ajit Varma, Ph.D. is Director General, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology (Amity University, Uttar Pradesh) and Vice chairman, Amity Science, Technology & Innovation Foundation. He was formerly Professor of Microbial Technology in School of life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research interest is mycorrhizal fungi and their biotechnological applications. Dr. Varma has published over 283 research articles, in national and international journals of repute, and also several major review articles and book chapters. He has published 31 books in the area of Microbial Technology published by Academic Press (London), CRC Press (USA), IDRC (Canada) and Springer-Verlag (Germany). Dr. Varma is a recipient of a large number if International Scientific Fellowships, to name a few: Commonwealth fellowship (Australia), national Research Council (Canada), Alexander Von-Humboldt Foundation (Germany).