Principles of Plant-Microbe Interactions Microbes for Sustainable Agriculture by Ben Lugtenberg

Bibliographic Information:
Title: Principles of Plant-Microbe Interactions
Microbes for Sustainable Agriculture
Editor: Ben Lugtenberg
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Springer
Length: 474 pages
Size: 8.22 MB
Language: English

The field of Plant Microbe Interactions is very broad. It covers all topics in which microbes
influence or even determine plant activities. Plant enemies can be pathogenic
viruses, microbes or insects which cause pests. Fortunately, these enemies in turn
have natural enemies in the form of beneficial microbes, which can protect plants
against pathogens and pests. As is rather common in this field, we included nematodes
and insects in the book. Although they are not microbes, they have in common
with microbes that some can cause harm to, and others help protect, the plant. Another
group of microbes is beneficial for plant growth. Some microbes promote plant
growth, for example by producing “plant” hormones or by making nutrients available
to the plant. Other beneficial microbes can alleviate plant stress or can inactivate
environmental pollutants, thereby cleaning the environment and allowing plants to
grow without toxic residues. The present market share of biologicals is estimated
at 1.6 billion USDs and is growing fast. In the past years the trend is that major
chemical companies buy smaller biotech companies.
For this book I have invited the world’s top scientists to summarize the basic
principles of all these topics in brief chapters which give a helicopter view on the
subjects. The book also contains important techniques, success stories and future
prospects. The topics include basic as well as applied aspects. Hereby we make an
attempt to close the gap that still exists between fundamental and applied research.
In my opinion the two fields need each other and cooperation will create a win-win
situation for both parties. Since space is limited, the authors have often referred to
reviews. For more detailed information, the reader can consult primary articles listed
as references in these reviews.
This book is meant for everybody who is interested in plant-microbe interactions
and in the roles microbes can play in making agriculture and horticulture more
sustainable. These include academic scientists, industrial professionals working in
agriculture, horticulture, biotech and food industry, students, teachers, as well as
government officials and decision makers who quickly want to make themselves
familiar with particular aspects of this broad field. Using this information as a basis,
also a non-specialist reader should be able to understand more complicated articles
and to discuss selected topics with colleagues. To read the book, basic knowledge of
plant science, microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology is helpful.

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