Biofertilizers for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment

  • Bhoopander Giri
  • Ram Prasad
  • Qiang-Sheng Wu
  • Ajit Varma

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Lebin Thomas, Ishwar Singh
    Pages 1-19
  3. Probir Das, Shoyeb Khan, Afeefa Kiran Chaudhary, Mohammad AbdulQuadir, Mehmoud Ibrahim Thaher, Hareb Al-Jabri
    Pages 41-65
  4. José Alfonso Domínguez-Núñez, Marta Berrocal-Lobo, Ada S. Albanesi
    Pages 67-82
  5. Narendra Kumawat, Rakesh Kumar, U. R. Khandkar, R. K. Yadav, Kirti Saurabh, J. S. Mishra et al.
    Pages 109-135
  6. Rasheed A. Adeleke, Adekunle R. Raimi, Ashira Roopnarain, Sharon M. Mokubedi
    Pages 137-172
  7. SatyavirSatyavir S. Sindhu, Ruchi Sharma, Swati Sindhu, Manisha Phour
    Pages 173-201
  8. Analia Liliana Anriquez, Juan Eduardo Silberman, José Alfonso Dominguez Nuñez, Ada Susana Albanesi
    Pages 225-244
  9. Iqra Naseer, Maqshoof Ahmad, Sajid Mahmood Nadeem, Iqra Ahmad, Najm-ul-Seher, Zahir Ahmad Zahir
    Pages 245-283
  10. Pinderpal Kaur, Sukhvinder Singh Purewal
    Pages 285-300
  11. Loubna El Fels, Bouchra El Hayany, Anas Aguelmous, Aziz Boutafda, Yassine Zegzouti, El Mezouari El Glaoui Ghizlen et al.
    Pages 301-316
  12. Esther Menendez, Lorena Carro
    Pages 333-351
  13. Pooja Baweja, Savindra Kumar, Gaurav Kumar
    Pages 353-370
  14. Sanjana Kaul, Supriya Sharma, Apra, Manoj K. Dhar
    Pages 371-393
  15. Savita, Anuradha Sharma
    Pages 395-411
  16. Archana Singh, Richa Bhardwaj, Indrakant K. Singh
    Pages 413-433
  17. Swati Pattnaik, Balaram Mohapatra, Upendra Kumar, Matrujyoti Pattnaik, Deviprasad Samantaray
    Pages 435-463
  18. Chun-Yan Liu, Ying-Ning Zou, De-Jian Zhang, Bo Shu, Qiang-Sheng Wu
    Pages 465-487
  19. Ivy Mallick, Anupama Ghosh, Abhrajyoti Ghosh
    Pages 521-544

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the benefits of biofertilizers as an alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Agricultural production has increased massively over the last century due to increased use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, but these gains have come at a price. The chemicals are not only expensive; they also reduce microbial activity in agricultural soils and accumulate in the food chain, with potentially harmful effects for humans. Accordingly, it is high time to explore alternatives and to find solutions to overcome our increasing dependence on these chemicals.

Biofertilizers, which consist of plant remains, organic matter and microorganisms, might offer an alternative. They are natural, organic, biodegradable, eco-friendly and cost-effective. Further, the microbes present in the biofertilizers are important, because they produce nutrients required for plant growth (e.g., nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium), as well as substances essential for plant growth and development (e.g., auxins and cytokinins). Biofertilizers also improve the physical properties, fertility and productivity of soil, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers while maintaining high crop yield. This makes biofertilizers a powerful tool for sustainable agriculture and a sustainable environment.

The book covers the latest research on biofertilizers, ranging from beneficial fungal, bacterial and algal inoculants; to microbes for bioremediation, wastewater treatment; and recycling of biodegradable municipal, agricultural and industrial waste; as well as biocontrol agents and bio-pesticides. As such, it offers a valuable resource for researchers, academics and students in the broad fields of microbiology and agriculture.


Soil Environment Soil Management Soil Biology Agriculture Microbiology Plant Microbe Interaction Sustainable Agriculture Symbiosis Biofertilizer Technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Bhoopander Giri
    • 1
  • Ram Prasad
    • 2
  • Qiang-Sheng Wu
    • 3
  • Ajit Varma
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of BotanySwami Shraddhanand College University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity UniversityNoidaIndia
  3. 3.College of Horticulture and GardeningYangtze UniversityJingzhouChina
  4. 4.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity UniversityNoidaIndia

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