Bioformulations: for Sustainable Agriculture

by Naveen Kumar Arora, Samina Mehnaz,

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More than a century has passed since the first bioformulations were introduced to the market. But there is still much to be done, explored and developed. Though bioformulations offer green alternatives and are important for sustainable agriculture, they make up only a small fraction of the total additions used to enhance crop yields or protect them from pests. There is a great need to develop bioformulations that can promote confidence among end users; accordingly, it is imperative that bioformulations to replace chemicals be reliable and overcome the shortcomings of the past.

Bioformulations: for Sustainable Agriculture discusses all the issues related to the current limitations and future development of bioformulations. It examines in detail those bioformulations that include biofertilizers and biopesticides (also commonly known as bioinoculants), presenting a global picture of their development. Further chapters address diverse microbes that are already being or could be used as bioformulations. The book also discusses the techniques, tools and other additions required to establish bioformulations as trustworthy and global solutions. It assesses the types of bioformulations currently available on the market, while also considering the future roles of bioformulations, including the reclamation of marginal and polluted soils. Further, it discusses the current legislation and much-needed amendments. Overall the book provides a comprehensive outlook on the status quo of bioformulations and the future approaches needed to improve them and achieve sustainable agriculture and food security without sacrificing the quality of soils. This will be extremely important in offering chemical-free foods and a better future for generations to come.

  • Springer India; June 2016
  • ISBN 9788132227793
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  • Title: Bioformulations: for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author: Naveen Kumar Arora (ed.); Samina Mehnaz (ed.); Raffaella Balestrini (ed.)
  • Imprint: Springer
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About The Author

Dr Naveen Kumar Arora, PhDMicrobiology, Associate Professor in Department of Environmental Microbiology,Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (A Central University), Lucknow, UttarPradesh, India is a renowned researcher in the field of EnvironmentalMicrobiology and Biotechnology. His specific area of research is rhizospherebiology and PGPRs. He has 38 research papers published in premium internationaljournals and several articles published in magazines and dailies. He is editorof the book ‘Plant Microbe Symbiosis: Fundamentals and Advances’, published bySpringer. He is member of several national and international societies andreviewer of several international journals. He has delivered lectures inconferences and seminars around the globe. He has a long standing interest inteaching at the PG level and is involved in taking courses in bacteriology,microbial physiology environmental microbiology, agriculture microbiology andindustrial microbiology. He has been advisor to 57 post graduate and 03doctoral students. Recently he was awarded for excellence in research by the HonorableGovernor of Uttar Pradesh. Although an academician and researcher by professionhe has a huge obsession for the wildlife and its conservation and has authoreda book, Splendid Wilds. He has adedicated website www.naveenarora.co.in for the cause of wildlife andenvironment conservation.

Raffaella Balestrini, PhD in Biology and Biotechnologyof Fungi, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection,CNR.  Researches mainly focus on different aspects of plant-symbioticfungi interactions (endo and ectomycorrhizae). Researches currently developed,using molecular and cellular approaches including confocal microscope, in situ hybridization and lasermicrodissection (LMD), are: genomics and functional genomics in mycorrhizalfungi; cellular and molecular interactions between plants and mycorrhizalfungi, with particular attention to plant and fungal cell wall modifications; plant-mycorrhizalfungi interactions to improve plant tolerance to abiotic stress; transcriptomeprofiles of specific cell types involved in mycorrhizal symbiosis. Involved inthe black truffle Tubermelanosporum genome project as theperson in charge of the annotation of cell wall-related genes and, thanks tothe experience in gene expression and cell biology studies in mycorrhizalassociations, in post-genomic activities. She has worked with research groupsfrom national and international institutions in joined research projects, asmirrored by the several papers in collaboration. She is referee for severalinternational journals and project proposals. She has 68 publications ininternational journals and 6 book chapters to her credit.


Dr SaminaMehnaz, PhD Microbiology, is a Professor and Chairperson of Department of BiologicalSciences, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore, Punjab,Pakistan. She is a researcher, in the field of Microbiology. Her specific areaof interest is rhizosphere microbiology, specifically PGPRs and their secondarymetabolites. She has 34 research papers published in international journals andfour book chapters (as a single author) published by Springer. Currently, sheis editor of Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection (Taylor &Francis). She is reviewer of several international journals. She is thecontinuous winner of research productivity award since 2010, by PakistanCouncil of Science and Technology. She is Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellow(Germany) and National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Fellow(Canada). She has been advisor to 9 post graduate, 3 doctoral students and onepost doctorate fellow. 



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  • 9788132227779
  • 9788132227793