Microbial Remediation and Microbial Biotechnology for Sustainable Soil

Junaid Ahmad Malik

ISBN: 978-1-799-87062-3
Publisher/Imprint: IGI Global, USA
Pages: 806
Format: Print/e-Book
Language: English
Edition/Volume: 1st
© Year: 2021
Publication date: June 2021



About the Book

The introduction of contaminants, due to rapid urbanization and anthropogenic activities into the environment, causes distress to the physio-chemical systems including living organisms, which possibly is threatening the dynamics of nature as well as the soil biology by producing certain xenobiotics. Hence, there is an immediate global demand for the diminution of such contaminants and xenobiotics that can otherwise adversely affect the living organisms. Some toxic xenobiotics include synthetic organochlorides such as PAHs and some fractions of crude oil and coal. Over time, microbial remediation processes have been accelerated to produce better, more eco-friendly, and more biodegradable solutions for complete dissemination of these xenobiotic compounds. The advancements in microbiology and biotechnology led to the launch of microbial biotechnology as a separate area of research and contributed dramatically to the development of areas like agriculture, environment, biopharmaceutics, fermented foods, and more.

The Handbook of Research on Microbial Remediation and Microbial Biotechnology for Sustainable Soil provides a detailed comprehensive account for microbial treatment technologies, bioremediation strategies, biotechnology, and the important microbial species involved in remediation. The chapters focus on recent developments in microbial biotechnology in the areas of agriculture and environment and the physiology, biochemistry, and the mechanisms of remediation along with a future outlook. This book is ideal for scientists, biologists, academicians, students, and researchers in the fields of life sciences, microbiology, environmental science, environmental engineering, biotechnology, agriculture, and health sciences.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Enzyme Activities

  • Genetic Engineering

  • Metabolites and Chemicals

  • Microbes

  • Microbial Biotechnology

  • Microbial Remediation

  • Microbial Treatment

  • Plant Growth

  • Pollution

  • Soil Reclamation

  • Sustainable Agriculture

  • Sustainable Environment

Table of Contents



Section 1: Fundamentals and Approaches

Chapter 1

Effect of Pollution on Physical and Chemical Properties of Soil (pages 1-37)

Trinath Biswal, Junaid Ahmad Malik

Chapter 2

Bioremediation and Phytoremediation: The Remedies for Xenobiotics (pages 38-64)

Leena Merlin Biju, Veena Gayathri Krishnaswamy

Chapter 3

Microbes and Their Role in Bioremediation of Soil: A Detailed Review (pages 65-113)

A. Madhavi, M. Srinivasulu, V. Rangaswamy

Chapter 4

Microbes as Sustainable Biofertilizers: Current Scenario and Challenges (pages 114-133)

Halima M., Sneha Unnikrishnan, Karthikeyan Ramalingam

Section 2: Microbes and Sustainable Development

Chapter 5

Favorable Soil Microbes for Sustainable Agriculture (pages 135-157)

Umair Riaz, Laila Shahzad, Wajiha Anum, Anam Waheed

Chapter 6

Soil Microbiome for Plant Growth and Bioremediation (pages 158-180)

Monika Yadav, Sonu Kumari, Junaid Ahmad Malik, Suphiya Khan

Chapter 7

Microbial Products and Their Role in Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture (pages 181-204)

Amrendra Kumar, Swati Agarwal

Chapter 8

Multifaceted Potential of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR): An Overview (pages 205-268)

Dwaipayan Sinha, Suchetana Mukherjee, Dakshayani Mahapatra

Chapter 9

Role of Bacillus spp. in Agriculture: A Biofertilization and Bioremediation Perspective (pages 269-298)

Mridul Umesh, Ann Mary Sebastian, Adhithya Sankar S., Allwyn Vyas G., Thazeem Basheer,  Kumaresan Priyanka

Chapter 10

Potassium Solubilizing Bacteria: An Insight (pages 299-313)

Anandkumar Naorem, Shiva Kumar Udayana, Sachin Patel,

Chapter 11

Bacterial Siderophores for Enhanced Plant Growth (pages 314-331)

Himanshi Verma, Meghna Jindal, Shabir A. Rather

Chapter 12

Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR): A Unique Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture (pages 332-357)

Podduturi Vanamala, Uzma Sultana, Podduturi Sindhura, Mir Zahoor Gul

Chapter 13

An Account on Mycoviruses and Their Applications (pages 358-371)

Md. Idrish Raja Khan

Section 3: Microbes and Site Remediation

Chapter 14

Application of Dehalogenase Enzymes in Bioremediation of Halogenated Pollutants: A Short Review (pages 373-385)

Raghunath Satpathy

Chapter 15

Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons (pages 386-416)

Haruna Yahaya Ismail, Ahmad Ali Farouq, Abdullahi Bako Rabah, Aminu Bayawa Muhammad, Ibrahim Alkali Allamin, Umar Balarabe Ibrahim, Usman Ali Bukar

Chapter 16

Microbial Bioremediation of Heavy Metals: A Genetic and Omics Approach (pages 417-439)

Asha Laxman Giriyan, Vikrant B. Berde, Elroy J. Pereira, Chanda Vikrant Parulekar-Berde

Chapter 17

Potential of Thallophytes in Degradation of Dyes (pages 440-474)

Sumira Malik, Shilpa Prasad, Shreya Ghoshal, Shashank Shekhar, Tanvi Kumari, Ankita Agrawal, Bijaya Samal

Chapter 18

Remediation of Bauxite Residue Through Integrated Approach of Microbes and Plantation: A Case Study (pages 475-489)

Kumud Dubey, K. P. Dubey

Section 4: Microbial Bioremediation: Tools and Technologies

Chapter 19

The Use of Micro-Algal Technologies for Soil and Agronomic Improvements (pages 491-509)

Joan Nyika

Chapter 20

Nano-Bioremediation Technologies for Potential Application in Soil Reclamation (pages 510-529)

Arunima Nayak, Brij Bhushan

Chapter 21

Nanomaterials for Soil Reclamation (pages 530-541)

Avni Jain, Neha Singh, Suphiya Khan

Chapter 22

Quorum Quenching for Sustainable Environment (pages 542-568)

Sumira Malik, Shilpa Prasad, Tanvi Kumari, Shreya Ghoshal, Ankita Agrawal, Shashank Shekhar, Bijaya Samal

Chapter 23

Laccases for Soil Bioremediation: An Introduction (pages 569-582)

Rajalakshmi Sridharan, Veena Gayathri Krishnaswamy

Chapter 24

Rhizosphere Engineering and Soil Sustainability: An Introduction (pages 583-601)

Samreen Nazeer, Muhammad Zubair Akram, Madad Ali

Compilation of References

About the Contributors


About the Authors/Editors


Dr. Junaid Ahmad Malik

Dr. Malik received B.Sc. (2008) Science from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K; M.Sc. (2010) in Zoology from Barkatullah University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh; and PhD (2015) in Zoology from the same university. He completed his B.Ed program in 2017 from the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K. He started his career as Lecturer in School Education Department, Govt. of J&K for 2 years. Dr. Malik is now working as a Lecturer in Department of Zoology, Govt. Degree College, Bijbehara, Kashmir (J&K) and actively involved in teaching and research activities. He has more than 8 years of research experience. His areas of interest are ecology, soil macrofauna, wildlife biology, conservation biology etc. Dr. Malik has published more than 20 research papers in various national and international peer-reviewed journals. He has authored 4 books, 16 book chapters, edited 7 books, and more than 10 popular editorial articles. He is also serving as editor and reviewer of several journals with a reasonable repute. He has participated in several State, National, and International conferences, seminars, workshops, and symposia and more than 20 conference papers are to his credit. He is the life member of SBBS (Society for Bioinformatics and Biological Sciences) with membership id LMJ-243.

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