Engineering Rhizobacterial Functions for the Improvement of Plant Growth and Disease Resistance

  • P. Jishma
  • A. Remakanthan
  • E. K. RadhakrishnanEmail author


Maintaining the healthy plant-microbe interaction for sustainable farming is a challenging issue faced by agrarian society. For this, an in-depth understanding on the rhizospheric microbiome and its molecular dialogues with the plant is essential. The recruitment of particular organisms from soil reserve to rhizospheric region involves broad range of mechanisms. One of the attractive mechanisms which mobilize the soil microbiome to rhizosphere region is the chemotaxis, which can determine the specificity and diversity of microorganisms beneficial to plants. The recruited microbial populations further secrete and release diverse compounds to augment the plant growth and to provide protection from pathogens. Progresses with next-generation sequencing (NGS) procedures provide immense promises to study the species diversity and mechanistic features of both culturable and unculturable rhizobacteria which are interacting with diverse plants. Utilizing the plant beneficial rhizobacterial mechanisms and engineering methods for its improved functioning thus have immense agricultural promises, and the chapter is designed on that objective.


Rhizosphere PGPR Biocontrol agents Next-generation sequencing Bioformulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Jishma
    • 1
  • A. Remakanthan
    • 2
  • E. K. Radhakrishnan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of BiosciencesMahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayamIndia
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity CollegeThiruvananthapuramIndia

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