Microbiome in Plant Health and Disease
Challenges and Opportunities
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The different chapters describe how microbiomes affect plants with regard to immunity, disease conditions, stress management and productivity. In addition, the book describes how an 'additional plant genome' functions as a whole organ system of the host, and how it presents both challenges and opportunities for the plant system. Moreover, the book includes a dedicated section on using omics tools to understand these interactions, and on exploiting them to their full potential.
Ram Prasad is associated with Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India since 2005. His research interests include applied microbiology, plant-microbe-interaction, sustainable agriculture and nanobiotechnology. Dr. Prasad has more than one hundred fifty publications to his credit, including research papers, review articles, book chapters, five patents issued or pending, and several edited or authored books. Dr. Prasad has been awarded the Young Scientist Award and Prof. J.S. Datta Munshi Gold Medal by the International Society for Ecological Communications; FSAB fellowship by the Society for Applied Biotechnology; the American Cancer Society UICC International Fellowship for Beginning Investigators, USA; Outstanding Scientist Award in the field of Microbiology by Venus International Foundation; BRICPL Science Investigator Award, and Research Excellence Award. He serves as an editorial board member for Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers in Nutrition, Academia Journal of Biotechnology. Previously, Dr. Prasad served as Visiting Assistant Professor, Whiting School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, USA and presently works as a Research Associate Professor at School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.
Manoj Kumar is currently working as Associate Professor, Life Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, heading the department since 2018 onwards. Dr. Kumar is having long research experience in Plant Developmental Biology with doctorate and postdoctoral research experiences from prestigious organizations (India and abroad). He has opted academic career with a passion in fundamental sciences (plant developmental biology) where he excelled numerous collaborative research activities at national and international levels. He has published valuable research inputs in accredited journals and edited books, also guided several students at master, M. Phil., doctorate and post-doctorate levels. He has been principle investigator of several projects of national funding agencies - DBT, DRDO etc. He is associated as editor and reviewer with several research journals and offering consultancy to several biotechnology firms at international level. At present he is principal investigator of DBT-BUILDER program and leading an elite research group at multidisciplinary level. Dr. Kumar is exploring academic world with a vision of empowering young generation with fact-finding approach destined for rural India.
Devendra K. Choudhary shows his presence as Associate Professor at Amity Institute of Microbial Technology. He is active researcher and operated major projects sponsored by DBT, DST and SERB, New Delhi, India, as principal investigator and co-investigator. He has published quorum of research/review articles along with several book chapters for reputed journals and edited several books through Springer and filed three patents to India Patent Office, New Delhi. He has supervised several research scholars for their doctoral programme. In addition, he is recipient of NASI-life membership and accorded with Indian National Science Academy (INSA) visiting and summer research fellowship.