A Renaissance in Plant Growth-Promoting and Biocontrol Agents by Endophytes

Vijayabharathi, R and Sathya, A and Gopalakrishnan, S (2016) A Renaissance in Plant Growth-Promoting and Biocontrol Agents by Endophytes. In: Microbial Inoculants in Sustainable Agricultural Productivity: Research Perspectives. Springer India, India, pp. 37-60. ISBN 978-81-322-2645-1

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Endophytes are the microorganisms which colonize the internal tissue of host plants without causing any damage to the colonized plant. The beneficial role of endophytic organisms has dramatically documented worldwide in recent years. Endophytes promote plant growth and yield, remove contaminants from soil, and provide soil nutrients via phosphate solubilization/nitrogen fixation. The capacity of endophytes on abundant production of bioactive compounds against array of phytopathogens makes them a suitable platform for biocontrol explorations. Endophytes have unique interaction with their host plants and play an important role in induced systemic resistance or biological control of phytopathogens. This trait also benefits in promoting plant growth either directly or indirectly. Plant growth promotion and biocontrol are the two sturdy areas for sustainable agriculture where endophytes are the key players with their broad range of beneficial activities. The coexistence of endophytes and plants has been exploited recently in both of these arenas which are explored in this chapter.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: RP-Grain Legumes
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Endophytes, PGP, Biocontrol, Bacillus, Piriformospora, Streptomyces, Microbiological techniques, Microbial inoculants, Endophytic microorganisms, Legumes
Subjects: Others > Plant Pathology
Others > Plant Virology
Others > Plant Physiology
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 03:54
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 03:58
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/9374
Acknowledgement: The first volume of the book Microbial Inoculants in Sustainable Agricultural Productivity - Research Perspectives highlights the efforts of global experts with regard to various aspects of microbial inoculants. Emphasis is placed on recent advances in microbiological techniques for the isolation, characterization, identification and evaluation of functional properties using biochemical and molecular tools. The taxonomic characterization of agriculturally important microorganisms is documented, along with their applications in field conditions.
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