This book illustrates the multiple roles of fungi in everyday life. Fungi are the large group of organisms with tremendous diversity and economic importance. Their ability to produce commercially efficient useful products makes them the vulnerable sustainable tool for the future generation. This book describes a systems approach and provides a means to share the latest developments and advances about the benefits of fungi including their wide application, traditional uses, modern practices, along with designing of strategies to harness their potential. The chapters are organized with data, providing information related to different sustainable aspects of fungi in agriculture, its cultivation and conservation strategies, industrial and environmental utilization, advanced bioconversion technologies and modern biotechnological interventions. Updated information and current opinion related to its application for sustainable agriculture, environment, and industries as futuristic tools have been presented and discussed in different chapters. The book also elucidates a comprehensive yet a representative description of the challenges associated with the sustained application of fungi to achieve the goals of sustainability.
Dr. Praveen Gehlot
is Associate Professor, Department of Botany, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, India. He did his Ph.D. from JNV University Jodhpur, under the able guidance of Prof. D.K. Purohit. He has about 18 years of teaching and research experience. He has been an awardee of Young Scientist under FAST Track Scheme by Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi and later worked as a Pool-Officer of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. Earlier, he taught at Budha Institute of Technology and Science Research College, Jodhpur and Government Bangor PG College, Pali, Rajasthan and subsequently served as an Associate Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Maharaja Ganga Singh University, Bikaner, Rajasthan. Dr. Gehlot has successfully completed three major research projects sponsored by UGC, DST and CSIR. He has published more than 75 research papers, book chapters and review articles in journals of international and national repute and has edited three books entitled "Pyrenomycetes Fungi", "Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi" and "Microbes: In Action" published by AgroBios, India. He attended several International and National Seminars, Symposia, Conferences and chaired technical sessions. He is an active member of various scientific societies, including Mycological Society of India, Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology, India, Association of Microbiologists of India, Indian Science Congress Association.
Dr. Joginder Singh Panwar is presently working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India. Previously, he has worked as Young Scientist at Microbial Biotechnology and Biofertilizer Laboratory, Department of Botany, Jai Narain Vyas University in Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. His research interest is to explore different efficient strategies towards bioremediation and phytoremediation of pollutants from water and soil. Presently, he is working on designing and development of cleanup technology (biofilters) for in-situ bioremediation of textile industrial effluents. He is an active member of various scientific societies and organizations including, Association of Microbiologists of India, Indian Society of Salinity Research Scientists, Indian Society for Radiation Biology, and European Federation of Biotechnology. Till now, he has published more than 60 research and review articles in the peer-reviewed journals and authored or co-authored numerous books and book chapters.
Module 1_ Sustainable Cultivation and Conservation Strategies of Fungi.- Chapter 1. Cultivation, conservation and medicinal significance of macro-fungi.- Chapter 2. Fungi as biocontrol agent: an alternate to chemicals.- Chapter 3. Role of Fungi in various Fields for sustainable development.- Chapter 4. The biological promises of endophytic Muscodor species.- Chapter 5. Slime Moulds: The Tiny Charmers.- Module 2_ Sustainable Aspects of Fungi in Agriculture.- Chapter 6. Fungal Endophytes: Role in Sustainable Agriculture.- Chapter 7. Fungal endophytes and their Secondary metabolites - Role in sustainable agriculture.- Chapter 8. Agricultural important microorganism- Sustainability from rhizosphere to bioformulation as weapon for biological control.- Chapter 9. Mycopesticides: Fungal based pesticides for sustainable agriculture.- Chapter 10. Multifactorial role of Arbuscular Mycorrhizae in Agroecosystem.- Chapter 11. Strategic approaches for applications of entomopathogenic fungi to counter insecticide resistance in agriculturally important insect pests.- Chapter 12. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi as phosphate fertilizer for crop plants and their role in bioremediation of heavy metals.- Chapter 13. Fungal community in mitigating impacts of drought in plants.- Chapter 14. Role of Fungi as Biocontrol agents for the Control of Plant Diseases in Sustainable Agriculture.- Chapter 15. Fungal disease management in chickpea: current status and future prospects.- Chapter 16. Recent approaches for late blight disease management of potato caused by Phytophthora infestans. Module 3_ Fungi for sustainable Industrial and Environmental Aspects.- Chapter 17. Recent advances and industrial applications of microbial xylanases.- Chapter 18. Engineering of Yeast Microbial Cell Factories for Improved Whey Fermentation to Bioethanol.- Chapter 19. Nutritional quality attributes of edible gasteroid wild mushroom grometricus.-="" chapter="" 20.="" biotechnology="" of="" fungal="" lipases.-="" 21.="" biopigments: ="" pigment.-="" 22.="" fungi="" as="" a="" promising="" tool="" for="" bioethanol="" production.-="" 23.="" inhabiting="" in="" hypersaline="" conditions-="" an="" insight.-="" 24.="" complications="" diabetes.-="" module="" 4_="" Bioconversion Technologies of Fungi.- Chapter 25. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi: Effects on Secondary Metabolite Production in Medicinal Plants.- Chapter 26. Endophytic fungi: Carrier of potential antioxidants.- Chapter 27. Current perspectives of Endophytic fungi in Sustainable Development.- Chapter 28. Marine Fungi for Sustainable Development.- Chapter 29. Fungi-mediated biodeterioration of household materials, libraries and cultural heritage and its sustainable conservation.- Chapter 30. Co-cultivation strategies to induce de-novo synthesis of novel chemical scaffolds from cryptic secondary metabolite gene clusters.- Module 5_ Modern Biotechnological Interventions on Fungi.- Chapter 31. Computational approaches to understand the genome and protein sequences of fungi.- Chapter 32. Bioprospecting of endophytic fungi for bioactive compounds.- Chapter 33. Bioactive Compounds from Endophytic Fungi.- Chapter 34. Bioactive potential of non-conventional edible wild mushroom Amanita.- Chapter 35. Fungus Monascus -fermented red yeast rice (RYR): Natural therapeutic statin source or mycotoxin?- Chapter 36. Nanoparticles from Fungi (Myconanoparticles).