This book presents in-depth insights into strategies involving plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), including symbiotic/asymbiotic nitrogen fixers and associative/endophyte bacteria, phosphate-solubilizing microbes, as well as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their active biomolecules in legume production. It also examines the latest research findings on the taxonomic status of rhizobia and signal molecules affecting rhizobia-legume symbiosis to improve readers' understanding of the cultivation of legumes in conventional and derelict soil. The agronomically important microflora broadly discussed have offered solutions to some of the problems associated with expensive fertilizers used in many production systems. This second edition provides an overview of metal toxicity to legumes and presents strategies for the abatement of metal toxicity to legumes.
Aimed at professionals, practitioners, researchers and graduate students in microbiology, crop sciences,
soil microbiology, biotechnology and environmental microbiology, the book focuses on the basic concepts and practical aspects of useful soil microbiota in legume production.
Almas Zaidi, received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Agricultural Microbiology) from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India and currently serving as Guest teacher/Assistant Professor at the Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Dr. Zaidi has been teaching Microbiology at Post Graduate level for more than 12 years and has research experience of 16 years. She has published more than 50 research papers, book chapters and review articles in journals of national and international repute. Dr. Zaidi has edited seven books published by leading publishers. Her main focus of research is to address problems related with Rhizo-microbiology, microbiology, environmental microbiology, and biofertilizer technology.
Mohammad Saghir Khan, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Dr. Khan received his M.Sc. from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India and Ph.D. (Microbiology) from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India. He has been teaching Microbiology to post-graduate students for the last 20 years and has research experience of 24 years. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Khan is engaged in guiding students for their doctoral degree in Microbiology. He has published over 100 scientific papers including, original research articles, review articles and book chapters in various national and international publication media.&n
bsp; Dr. Khan has also edited nine books published by the leading publishers. Dr. Khan is deeply involved in research activities focusing mainly on rhizobiology, microbiology, environmental microbiology especially heavy metals-microbes-legume interaction, bioremediation, pesticide-PGPR-plant interaction, biofertilizers and rhizo-immunology.
Javed Musarrat, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Biochemistry), former Chairman of the Department of Agricultural Microbi
ology and Ex-Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India is presently working as a Vice-Chancellor, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, Jammu & Kasmir, India. He has been teaching Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular biology to Post-Graduate students for the last 27 years and has research experience of about 33 years. He has published more than 175 national and international scientific publications. Dr. Musarrat has edited five books published by the leading publishers. He is associated with several scientific bodies such as DBT, CSIR, UGC, ICAR, UPCST, and CCRUM in various capacities. His major area of interest includes the molecular microbiology, microbial ecology, nanotechnology and genetic toxicology