Soil Microbiology Research in the Coming Decades: Translational Research Opportunities

Part of the Microorganisms for Sustainability book series (MICRO, volume 3)


Soil microbiology deals with the diverse group of living organisms that resides in the soil. The microflora and fauna function to maintain the soil process and other ecosystem services to keep the soil healthy and functional, and thereby support plant growth. Agriculture and land-use changes including rapid urbanization irrevocably alter the soil microflora – both structurally and functionally. While plant supports microbes in their root region by transferring part of the photosynthate, microbes dwelling in the rhizosphere form the second genome for the plant and provide physiological and ecological fitness to the plant. For meeting the demand for the burgeoning population of the earth, microorganisms provide a green alternative to grow plants, especially crop plants, in a sustainable manner.


Soil microbiology Microbial diversity Plant microbiome Rhizosphere Sustainable agriculture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KIIT School of BiotechnologyBhubaneswarIndia
  2. 2.Division of MicrobiologyICAR-Indian Agricultural Research InstituteNew DelhiIndia

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