Applications of Microorganisms in Agriculture

Part of the Microorganisms for Sustainability book series (MICRO, volume 22)


At present, the major global challenge is to accomplish future food security without interfering with the present environment or ecosystem. The global crop production suffers largely due to several pests, insects, or diseases which are being controlled widely by the use of detrimental agrochemicals which are now being considered to damage our health and ecosystem. Therefore, various other alternatives of biological origin are being looked upon for their application as bio-fertilizer or biological control agents such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), Trichoderma spp., plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), and endophytes. Moreover, many other probable microorganisms are still being discovered, and their ecological roles are being studied as well. Therefore, appropriate selection and investigation for applying them effectively with the use of novel technologies have huge potential to safeguard our future food and environment. In addition, many underlying mechanisms which are previously unknown during interaction for crop health improvement can be unveiled by the use of modern technologies such as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR/Cas), transcriptomics, proteomics, genomics, etc. Even plant growth-promoting traits are being tailored by the use of modern gene engineering techniques which will definitely improve overall plant health, thereby leading to food security. Thus, this chapter presents a brief overview of recent trends in application of various microbial interactions with the twenty-first century technology for crop productivity and overall sustainability of our agricultural ecosystem for our future generation.


Agrochemicals Biological Ecosystem Environment Novel technology 



We wish to thank the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, for financial support.


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  1. 1.Department of BotanySavitribai Phule Pune UniversityPuneIndia

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