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D.J. Bagyaraj
D.J. Bagyaraj NASI Senior Scientist Department of Microbiology University of Agricultural Sciences G.K.V.K. Campus, Bangaluru, Karnataka

K.V.B.R. Tilak
K.V.B.R. Tilak NASI Senior Scientist Department of Microbiology Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

H.K. Kehri
H.K. Kehri Reader Department of Botany University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

N.P.Singh
N.P.Singh is presently working as Director, ICAR Research Complex for Goa, Ela, Old Goa, Goa, India

R. Ramesh
R. Ramesh is a member of editorial board of the journal, Indian Phytopathology. He is presently working as Senior Scientist at ICAR Research Complex for Goa and his current areas of research are plant-pathogen interaction and plant disease management.

S.B.Barbuddhe
S.B.Barbuddhe is presently working as Senior Scientist at ICAR Research Complex for Goa and Project Coordinator of Centre of Excellence and Innovation in Biotechnology sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India on “Translational centre for molecular epidemiology of Listeria monocytogenes”.

About The Book

MICROBIAL DIVERSITY AND FUNCTIONS: Since their very first appearance on this planet, the microorganisms have benefitted our society in many ways. They are supposed to be the simplest but most versatile and talented products of evolution. They thrive in habitats extremely hostile to human life and are infinitely more skilled than any human chemist in their synthetic activities. Their rich diversity and their functional aspects make them indispensable components of our ecosystems. This book has been published on the eve of 75th Birth Day of Prof. Sudhir Chandra, Former Head and Emeritus Professor, Department of Botany, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, who is well known for his concern to the microbes and made significant contributions in exploring their beneficial activities in different ecosystems. The book contains 31 articles written by distinguished scientists of the country having expertise in dealing with the microbes and exploiting their potential for the benefits of mankind. The articles included in the book are thought provocating and deals with: o the topics of Taxonomy, Diversity and Applications of VAM fungi in different Ecosystems o    Applications of Microbial Technology for Treatment of effluents of a Gelatine Factory, Biodiversity of Mycotoxigenic Fungi and Trichoderma, o    Useful microbes of Mangrove Ecosystem, Extremophiles, PGPRs, Phytotoxins, Litter decomposition, Biopesticides, Botanical Pesticides, biofertilizers and so many others including major concerns about the Evolution and Conservation of Microbial Biodiversity. o    All the articles written by the authors are original, timely and appropriate.

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  2. Microbial Bio-Diversity, Evolution & Conservation: Major Concerns & Missing Links


    H.N. Gour, S.M. Paul Khurana and K. Joshi
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  3. Soil Organism : Key Factor to Plant and Soil Health


    Raghvendra Pratap Narayan and Pallavi Rai
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  4. Taxonomy of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi with Special Reference to Glomus Species


    Ashok Aggarwal, Anju Tanwar, Neetu and R.S. Mehrotra
    39 - 94 (56 Pages)
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  5. Diversity of PGPR Microbes in Pesticides Degradation


    V.C. Khilare, S.N. Kanade, A.B. Ade and L.V. Gangawane
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  6. Application of State-of-the-Art Microbial Biotechnology Coupled with Phycoremedial Measures for the Treatment of Secondary Liquid Effluents of a Gelatine Manufacturing Industry


    Sudhir D. Ghatnekar and Santosh M. Sharma
    127 - 148 (22 Pages)
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  7. Biodiversity in Mycotoxigenic Fungi


    S.M. Reddy, S. Girisham and V. Koteswara Rao
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  8. Diversity of Nematodes and their Problems in Agroecosystem


    S.P. Tiwari and M.N. Khare
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  9. Potentials of Trichoderma as Biocontrol Agent, its Ecology and Biodiversity


    D.K. Agarwal and R.K. Sharma
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  10. Litter Decomposition in Tropical Humid Forest


    Pranita Borah and G.D. Sharma
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    Microbes and Green Technology : Soil Plant Microbe Interaction Perspective


    Jamaluddin and Anuj Kumar Singh
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    Mangrove Ecosystem : A Marine Resource for Useful Microorganisms


    Nibha Gupta, Uday Chand Basak and Ajay Kumar Mohapatra
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    Fungi of Indoor Environment - A Qualitative Study


    Deepmala Pandey and Nisha Misra
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    Rhizosphere Biotechnology : Strategies for Biocontrol of Aflatoxin Production in Maize Crop


    A.K. Roy, N.L. Mandal and S. Roy
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    Algal Component in Lichen Formation : A Review


    Navneet Kaur and M.P. Sharma
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    Mycorrhizal Diversity in Different Ecosystems


    R.S. Upadhyay, R. Raghuwanshi and Akhilesh Kumar
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    Biodegradation of Green Manure by Soil Mycoflora


    Asha Sinha and Manisha Srivastava
    353 - 376 (24 Pages)
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    Relationship of Soil Nutrients with Plant Pathogens and Diseases Caused by Them


    M.N. Khare
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    Mycorrhizal Symbiosis : A New Dimension for Agriculture and Environmental Development to Improve Production in Sustainable Manner


    Kamal Prasad and A.K. Pandey
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    Botanical Pesticides An Eco-Chemical Natural Alternatives


    N.K. Dubey, Ravindra Shukla, Priyanka Singh, Archana Singh and Bhanu Prakash
    403 - 418 (16 Pages)
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    Chemistry and Fluorescent Behaviour of Some Lichens from Garhwal Himalaya


    M.P. Sharma and Amit Jakhal
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    Candida albicans - Diversity, Identification, Genome and its Life Cycle


    Kamal Rai Aneja, Chetan Sharma, Ashish Aneja and Parveen Surain
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    Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Agroforestry Systems


    Ashok Shukla, Deepak Vyas and Anuradha Jha
    447 - 472 (26 Pages)
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    Diversity of AM Fungi in Rhizosphere of Tree Species of Indian Thar Desert


    Nishi Mathur, Mehboob Chouhan, Mohnish Vyas, Shilpa Yadav, Minal Tamboli and Anil Vyas
    473 - 484 (12 Pages)
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    Extremophiles : The Enigmatic Life


    Shagun Sharma and Rohit Sharma
    485 - 506 (22 Pages)
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    Innovative Package of Microbes and Fly Ash for the Reclamation of Salt Affected Soils


    Rollie Varma and Avinash Pratap SIngh
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    Taxonomic Diversity of AM Fungi in Alkaline Soils of Upper Gangetic Plains of Allahabad


    Varun Khare and Pooja Rai
    537 - 558 (22 Pages)
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    Role of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria as Biocontrol Agents


    C. Manoharachary and K.V.B.R. Tilak
    559 - 580 (22 Pages)
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    Soil Microbial Diversity in Natural and Man Made Forage Ecosystems


    Pradeep Saxena, Diwakar Bahukhandi and Sharmila Roy
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    Phycotoxins


    Richa Tandon, V.K. Dwivedi and G.L. Tiwari
    603 - 640 (38 Pages)
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    AM Fungi : Importance, Nursery Inoculation and Performance after Out Planting


    D.J. Bagyaraj and H.K. Kehri
    641 - 668 (28 Pages)
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    Use of Ectomycorrhizal Technology in Reclamation and Reforestation of Degraded Land


    Bendangmenla, T. Ajungla, N.S. Jamir and G.D. Sharma
    669 - 688 (20 Pages)
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