Advances in Microbial Biotechnology
Current Trends and Future Prospects

Editors: Pradeep Kumar, PhD
Jayanta Kumar Patra, PhD
Pranjal Chandra, PhD

Advances in Microbial Biotechnology

In production
Pub Date: April 2018
Hardback Price: $189.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771886673
E-Book ISBN: 9781351248914
Pages: Approx 650p w/Index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 5 color and 85 b/w illustrations

Over the last few decades, the rapid and vast development of advanced microbial bioresources and metagenomics techniques has completely transformed the field of microbial biotechnology. Our understanding of microbial diversity, evolutionary biology, and microbial interaction with their animal and plant hosts at molecular level has been revolutionized with an abundance of new research.

This new volume, Advances in Microbial Biotechnology: Current Trends and Future Prospects, focuses on the application of microorganisms for several purposes: for plant protection and improvement, for environmental remediation purposes, and for the improvement of human health.

Various applications of microorganisms are covered broadly and have been appropriately reflected in depth in different chapters. The book is divided into four major sections:

  • applied microbiology in agriculture
  • microbes in the environment
  • microbes in human health
  • microbes in nanotechnology
The book provides insight into the diverse microorganisms that have been explored and exploited in the development of various applications for agricultural improvements. The book also looks at the application of microbes for the removal of pollutants and the recovery of metals and oils. Also discussed is the detection and exploitation of microorganisms in the diagnosis of human diseases, providing possible holistic approaches to health.

This new volume will provide a wealth of information on new research on the application of microbial biotechnology today.


1. The Genomics of Major Foodborne Pathogens: An Update
Spiros Paramithiotis and Eleftherios H. Drosinos

2. Microbial Beta Glucanase in Agriculture
Lekshmi K. Edison, S. Shiburaj, and N. S. Pradeep

3. Application of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria in Agriculture
Sushanto Gouda, Rout George Kerry, Dibyaranjan Samal, Gyana Prakash Mahapatra, Gitishree Das, and Jayanta Kumar Patra

4. Microbial Pesticides- Potential Alternative
Bigneswar Baliyarsingh, Aseem Mishra, and Saktikanta Rath

5. Microalgae: A Potential Source of Biofuel
Devendra Kumar, Priyanka Nehra, Anuj Kumar, and Neeraj Kumar

6. Prospects and Application of Azospirillum Spp. as a Natural Agricultural Biofertilizer
D. Mohapatra, N. R. Singh, and S. K. Rath

7. Yeast: A Multifaceted Eukaryotic Microbe and Its Biotechnological Applications
Nayan Moni Deori, Rachayeeta Deb, Riddhi Banerjee, and Shirisha Nagotu

8. Antimicrobials for Textile Finishes
Sagarika Devi

9. Influence of Wastewater Use in Agriculture: Advances in Human and Plant Health
Kavindra Kumar Kesari and Vijay Tripathi

10. Microbial Fuel Cells for Wastewater Treatment, Bioremediation, and Bioenergy Production
Ravinder Kumar and Pradeep Kumar

11. Role of Microorganisms in the Removal of Fluoride
Shubha Dwivedi, Prasenjit Mondal, and Chandrajit Balomajumder

12. Application of Microorganisms in Biodegradation of Cyanide from Waste Water
Naveen Dwivedi, Chandrajit Balomajumder, and Prasenjit Mondal

13. Microbial Infections and Human Health: What Ayurveda Can Offer
Chethala N. Vishnuprasad

14. Bacteria Biofilms and Their Impact on Human Health
Mukesh Kumar Yadav

15. Prevention of Colorectal Cancer Through Probiotics, Prebiotics and Synbiotics: A Critical Review
Sushrirekha Das, Smita H. Panda, Niladri B. Kar, Nakulananda Mohanty, and Hrudayanath Thatoi

16. Purification and Characterization of Microbial Polygalacturonases: An Update
Gautam Anand, Sangeeta Yadav, Aiman Tanveer, and Dinesh Yadav

17. Natural Agents Against Filariasis: A Review
Vishal Kumar Soni

18. Maximizing Expression and Yield of Human Recombinant Proteins from Bacterial Cell Factories for Biomedical Applications
Manash P. Borgohain, Gloria Narayan, H. Krishna Kumar, Chandrima Dey, and Rajkumar P. Thummer

19. Microbes and Nanotechnology: A Potent Confluence
Reecha Sahu and Lata S. B. Upadhyay

20. Potential Applications of Nanotechnology, An Interface in Modern Science
Anjan Kumar Pradhan and Sushil Kumar Sahu

21. A Systematic Study on Phytosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles and Their Antimicrobial Mode of Action
Anupriya Baranwal, Ananya Srivastava, and Pranjal Chandra


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Pradeep Kumar, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (Deemed University-MHRD, Govt. of India), Nirjuli (Itanagar), Arunachal Pradesh, India

Pradeep Kumar, PhD, is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry at the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (Deemed University-MHRD, Govt. of India), Nirjuli (Itanagar), Arunachal Pradesh, India. Before he joined NERIST, he worked as a Research Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, Yeungnam University, South Korea. He was Postdoctorate Researcher in the Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and was awarded and PBC-outstanding PostDoc Fellowship for more than three years. His area of research and expertise are wide, including microbial biotechnology, plant pathology, bacterial genetics, insect-pest biocontrol, gene expression of cry genes, plant-microbe interaction, and molecular breeding. He has been honored with an international travel grant from Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel, to attend an international conference. He is the recipient of a best paper presentation and the Narasimhan Award by the Indian Phytopathological Society, India. He has presented several oral and poster presentations at various national and international conferences. He has published one book and has published more than 40 research articles, including original research papers in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters with international publishers, including Springer, CABI, Bentham, and Apple Academic Press. He provides his service to many journals as a guest editor, associate editor, editorial board member, technical editor, and peer reviewer.

Jayanta Kumar Patra, PhD
Assistant Professor, Research Institute of Biotechnology and Medical Converged Science, Dongguk University, IIsandong, Gyeonggido, Republic of Korea

Jayanta Kumar Patra, PhD, is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Research Institute of Biotechnology and Medical Converged Science, Dongguk University, IIsandong, Gyeonggido, Republic of Korea. His current research is focused on nanoparticle synthesis by green technology methods and their potential application in biomedical and agricultural fields. He has about ten years of research and teaching experience in the field of food, pharmacological, and nanobiotechnology. Since 2007, he has published more than 80 papers in various national and international peer-reviewed journals of Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, etc. He has published over a dozen book chapters and has edited four books. In addition, he serves as an editorial board member for several international journals and science magazines. Dr. Patra completed his PhD (Life Sciences) at North Orissa University, India, and PDF (Biotechnology) from Yeungnam University, South Korea.

Pranjal Chandra, PhD
Assistant Professor and Ramanujan Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India

Pranjal Chandra, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator in the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India. He has published over 50 research articles in reputed journals and three books. He is also a visiting scientist and visiting professor at the Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (IBST), South Korea. Dr. Pranjal’s research contributions are highly interdisciplinary, spanning a wide range in nanobiotechnology, nanobiosensors, lab-on-chip systems for biomedical diagnostics, and nanomedicine. His work has been highlighted in the Chemistry World News of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, as "a new system for cancer detection” and also featured as a key scientific article in the Global Medical Discovery news Canada. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards and fellowships such as the Ramanujan fellowship (Government of India), Early Carrier Research Award (Government of India), BK-21 and NRF fellowship of South Korea, Technion postdoctoral fellowship (Israel), University of Montreal Postdoc fellowship (Canada), NMS Young scientist Award (2016), etc. He is also an editorial board member of a dozen international journals. Dr. Chandra earned his PhD from Pusan National University, South Korea, and did postdoctoral training at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel.

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