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ISBN-10: 9400722133
Publication Year: 2012 ISBN-13: 9789400722132
Language: English Format: Trade Cloth
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Microorganisms and their biosynthetic capabilities have solved several difficult problems in the welfare of mankind. Various fields in which microorganisms have helped mankind include medical technology, human and animal health, food processing, food safety and quality, genetic engineering, environmental protection, agricultural biotechnology and more effective treatment of agriculture, and municipal and industrial waste treatment, which provide a most impressive record of achievements. Most of these technological advancements would not have been possible using conventional straightforward chemical and physical engineering methods, or if they were, they would not have been practically or economically feasible and might cause environmental pollution problems.In recent years, microbial technologies have been applied to several environmental problems with considerable success. However, these technologies have not always been widely accepted by the scientific community because it is often difficult to consistently reproduce their beneficial effects. Microorganisms are effective only when they are presented with suitable and optimum conditions for metabolizing their substrates including available water, oxygen, pH and temperature of their environment. Meanwhile, the various types of microbial cultures and inoculants available in the market today have rapidly increased because of the new technologies. Significant achievements are being made in systems where technical guidance is coordinated with the marketing of microbial products. Since microorganisms are useful in solving problems associated with the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, they are now widely applied in nature farming and organic agriculture. Environmental pollution caused by excessive soil erosion and the associated transport of sediment, chemical fertilizers and pesticides to surface and groundwater and improper treatment of human and animal wastes has caused serious environmental and social problems throughout the world. Often attempts have been made to solve these problems using the established chemical and physical methods. It has, however, been realized that these problems cannot be solved without using microbial methods and technologies in coordination with agricultural production. The book is about the utility of microbes in solving a great variety of environmental problems.

This review of recent developments in our understanding of the role of microbes in sustainable agriculture and biotechnology covers a research area with enormous untapped potential. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural inputs derived from fossil fuels have increased agricultural production, yet growing awareness and concern over their adverse effects on soil productivity and environmental quality cannot be ignored. The high cost of these products, the difficulties of meeting demand for them, and their harmful environmental legacy have encouraged scientists to develop alternative strategies to raise productivity, with microbes playing a central role in these efforts. One application is the use of soil microbes as bioinoculants for supplying nutrients and/or stimulating plant growth. Some rhizospheric microbes are known to synthesize plant growth-promoters, siderophores and antibiotics, as well as aiding phosphorous uptake. The last 40 years have seen rapid strides made in our appreciation of the diversity of environmental microbes and their possible benefits to sustainable agriculture and production. The advent of powerful new methodologies in microbial genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology has only quickened the pace of developments. The vital part played by microbes in sustaining our planet "s ecosystems only adds urgency to this enquiry. Culture-dependent microbes already contribute much to human life, yet the latent potential of vast numbers of uncultured 'and thus untouched 'microbes, is enormous. Culture-independent metagenomic approaches employed in a variety of natural habitats have alerted us to the sheer diversity of these microbes, and resulted in the characterization of novel genes and gene products. Several new antibiotics and biocatalysts have been discovered among environmental genomes and some products have already been commercialized. Meanwhile, dozens of industrial products currently formulated in large quantities from petrochemicals, such as ethanol, butanol, organic acids, and amino acids, are equally obtainable through microbial fermentation. Edited by a trio of recognized authorities on the subject, this survey of a fast-moving field 'with so many benefits within reach 'will be required reading for all those investigating ways to harness the power of microorganisms in making both agriculture and biotechnology more sustainable.


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ISBN-109400722133
ISBN-139789400722132

Key Details
Number Of Pages750 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2012-01-03
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSpringer

Additional Details
Number of Volumes1 vol.
Copyright Date2012
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight50.7 Oz
Width6.1 In.
Length9.3 In.

Target Audience
GroupScholarly & Professional

Classification Method
LC Classification NumberQR1-502S1-S972TP248
Dewey Decimal630.279
Dewey Edition22

Contributors
Edited byAnil Prakash, Bhavdish Narain Johri, T. Satyanarayana

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Microorganisms in Sustainable Agriculture and Biotechnology

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This review of recent developments in our understanding of the ways microbes can enhance sustainable agriculture and biotechnology covers a topic with enormous untapped potential to replace fossil fuel-based chemical products and fix soil pollutants.

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This review of recent developments in our understanding of the role of microbes in sustainable agriculture and biotechnology covers a research area with enormous untapped potential. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural inputs derived from fossil fuels have increased agricultural production, yet growing awareness and concern over their adverse effects on soil productivity and environmental quality cannot be ignored. The high cost of these products, the difficulties of meeting demand for them, and their harmful environmental legacy have encouraged scientists to develop alternative strategies to raise productivity, with microbes playing a central role in these efforts. One application is the use of soil microbes as bioinoculants for supplying nutrients and/or stimulating plant growth. Some rhizospheric microbes are known to synthesize plant growth-promoters, siderophores and antibiotics, as well as aiding phosphorous uptake. The last 40 years have seen rapid strides made in our appreciation of the diversity of environmental microbes and their possible benefits to sustainable agriculture and production.
The advent of powerful new methodologies in microbial genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology has only quickened the pace of developments. The vital part played by microbes in sustaining our planet's ecosystems only adds urgency to this enquiry. Culture-dependent microbes already contribute much to human life, yet the latent potential of vast numbers of uncultured-and thus untouched-microbes, is enormous. Culture-independent metagenomic approaches employed in a variety of natural habitats have alerted us to the sheer diversity of these microbes, and resulted in the characterization of novel genes and gene products. Several new antibiotics and biocatalysts have been discovered among environmental genomes and some products have already been commercialized. Meanwhile, dozens of industrial products currently formulated in large quantities from petrochemicals, such as ethanol, butanol, organic acids, and amino acids, are equally obtainable through microbial fermentation.
Edited by a trio of recognized authorities on the subject, this survey of a fast-moving field-with so many benefits within reach-will be required reading for all those investigating ways to harness the power of microorganisms in making both agriculture and biotechnology more sustainable.

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  • ISBN 9400722133
  • ISBN-13 9789400722132
  • Title Microorganisms in Sustainable Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Format Hardcover
  • Year 2012
  • Pages 850
  • Edition 2012th
  • Publisher Springer
  • Dimensions6.1 in. x 9.2 in. x 1.7 in.
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