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Rhizosphere and Soil Microbes - Utilization in Agriculture and Industry Under Current Scenario

Ramalingam Radhakrishnan

Karpagam Academy of Higher Education


Bacteria Contamination Fungi Soil Adverse environment Nitrogen fixation Biofertilizers Bioproducts Medicine Metabolites Biota Toxicity Organic substances

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Microbes are essential components of ecosystem. The existence of microbes in rhizosphere support or inhibit the plant growth naturally. The detection of suitable plant growth promoting microbes help to improve the crop yield and sustain to survive in adverse environmental conditions including soil salinity, drought, high and low temperatures, infections from pathogens and pests. Similarly, the industrially valuable products are prepared from the diverse range of microbes present in the rhizosphere or soil. The interaction of microbes with medicinal plants enhances the synthesis of various secondary metabolites, those used as drugs. The bacteria and fungi are major groups of microbes secreting plant growth promoting substances, enzymes and other metabolites, which are playing vital role to enhance the productivity of economically important plants. Several species of bacteria and fungi have been utilized to decompose the organic materials, toxic compounds, plastics and make the soil become fertile. On the other hand, it reduces the chemical usage in agricultural field, which leads to decrease the soil pollutants. Although several studies have revealed that some of the important bacteria and fungi are useful for human kinds, the aim of this book would be updated for newly identified microbes for their human welfare.

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Ramalingam Radhakrishnan

Karpagam Academy of Higher Education

Dr. R. Radhakrishnan was born in India in 1982. He has received several research awards and fellowships during his Ph.D. and made a significant contribution in ‘Application of magnetic field on the improvement of crop plants’. His research was honored by the Chinese Academy of Science by giving him financial support to present his findings in an International Conference held in China. Professionally, he was employed as a post-doctoral researcher, research professor and assistant professor in difference South Korean universities and research institutes. Currently, he is employed as an Assistant Professor in Department of Microbiology, Karpagam Academy of Higher Education, Coimbatore, India. His major research finding is the utilization of microbes or elicitors to improve the crop plant growth under environmental stress conditions and biological weed control. He published more than 80 research and review papers as the main author in internationally reputed journals, several abstracts in conference proceedings, and four review papers in plant physiology and proteomics books. He also edited a volume 'Biological Approaches for Controlling Weeds' published by IntechOpen.

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