Amelioration of Biotic Stress by Application of Rhizobacteria for Agriculture Sustainability

  • Satyavir S. Sindhu
  • Ruchi Sharma
Part of the Microorganisms for Sustainability book series (MICRO, volume 13)


Increase in agriculture crop yields is needed to feed the ever-growing human population. But, the biotic and abiotic stresses are major constraints for plant growth, crop yield, food quality, and global food security. Different pathogens, weeds, and insects collectively contribute to biotic stress. Biotic stress causes adverse impacts on plants, including hormonal and nutritional imbalance, physiological disorders, susceptibility to diseases, etc., and results in reduced economic yield. The application of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) offers a cost-effective and eco-friendly mechanism for protecting plants against the stress conditions. These microbial populations in the rhizosphere may benefit the plant by increased recycling, solubilization, and uptake of mineral nutrients; by synthesis of vitamins, amino acids, auxins, and gibberellins; and by antagonism with potential plant pathogens. Certain PGPR strains also protect the plants against pathogens through a mechanism associated with induced systemic resistance (ISR) or systemic acquired resistance (SAR). Recent progress in our understanding on the diversity of rhizobacteria in the rhizosphere, their colonization ability, and their mechanism of action in amelioration of biotic stress will facilitate their application as a reliable component in the management of a sustainable agricultural system. In this chapter, the effects of rhizobacteria on plant susceptibility/resistance to potential deleterious organisms, including root and shoot pathogens, pathogens, weeds, and phytophagous insects, will be discussed. The application of these rhizobacteria as biofertilizers and biopesticides may become a feasible and potential technology in the future to feed the global population with reduced impact on environmental quality.


Abiotic and biotic stresses Pathogen Insect Weed Amelioration of biotic stress Microbiome engineering 


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  • Satyavir S. Sindhu
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  • Ruchi Sharma
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  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyCCS Haryana Agriculture UniversityHisarIndia

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