Diversity of microbial communities in soil and their multifaceted functionalities has paved the way for utilization of microbes in industries. This book comprises of soil microbial diversity and role of microbes in agro-industry.This volume is the compilation of the updated research from resource persons on impact of soil microbial diversity like increasing soil fertility, CO2 sequestration, and understanding soil microbial communities through cutting edge technology. Besides, the book embodies microbes renewed role in production of bioplastics, nutraceuticals, dairy products, drugs from macro-fungi, potential economic development from agrowaste or fish waste, and advance approaches in bioprospecting of biocatalyst and biosensing of secondary metabolites. This will not only improve knowledge but also enhance research on exploiting soil microbes in industry or agro-industry. The proposed book, Advances in Agricultural and Industrial Microbiology, Vol I can be very effective to bridge the gap between vastness of literatures available pertaining to agricultural and industrial microbiology and their applications with authoritative chapters containing latest updates available in this area of science.The content of the book is an exhaustive reference resource for soil microbiologist, agricultural scientists, academia, policymakers, industrial microbiologists pursuing teaching and research in these domains.
Bighneswar Baliyarsingh, Ph.D., is presently working as Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Odisha University of Technology and Research (formerly College of Engineering and Technology), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. He obtained one of his postgraduate degrees, M. Sc. in Biotechnology, from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, India followed by M. Tech in Biotechnology from West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, India, sponsored by Dept of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India in the year 2007. He also obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, India. He has gained research and industrial work experience by serving in different institutes like ICAR-NRRI-Cuttack, Bose Institute-Kolkata, AIIMS-New Delhi with brief industrial exposure through BCIL-BITP, sponsored by DBT, Govt. of India. He has qualified CSIR-UGC National Eligible Test (NET) in year 2007. He has successfully supervised good number of M. Tech and B. Tech dissertation works, continuously. He has published more than 15 articles including research papers, reviews and book chapters in various journals and publishers of national and international repute (h index: 4 in Google Scholar).Ilaria Mannazzu, Ph.D. in Microbial Biotechnology, was promoted to associate professor in Microbiology at the University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy in 2001 and professor of microbiology in 2014 she obtained the National Academic Qualification as full professor of Microbiology. Her teaching activity mainly involves General Microbiology, Microbial Biotechnology and Food Microbiology and includes master and doctoral seminar courses. Her research interests cover the biodiversity, physiology and genetics of microorganisms of biotechnological relevance, mainly Saccharomyces cerevisiae and non-conventional yeasts. Also her research activity focuses on: (i) microbial interactions for the development of natural antimicrobials; (ii) Saccharomyces cerevisiae and non-Saccharomyces yeasts in wine and beer; (iii) fermentative stress response in wine yeasts; (iv) biotechnological production of primary and secondary metabolites; (v) heterologous expression of microbial proteins. She has coauthor of 75 publications in international peer reviewed journals with 4244 citations (h index 27, www.scopus.com as on today), 10 book chapters, and more than 100 communications, proceedings and posters presented at national and international conferences and papers in technical journals. She has been invited as a speaker at many national and international conferences. She is also a reviewer of many international journals, member of the editorial board of Fermentation (MDPI), Microorganisms (MDPI) and World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology (Springer) etc. Member of the teaching board of the School of Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences of the University of Sassari, she participates to the preparation of the doctoral degree study programme in Biophysical Chemistry of Brno University of Technology, Czechia. She represents the University of Sassari in the General Assembly of MIRRI IT-JRU and she is a member of Società di MicrobiologiaAgraria, Alimentare e Ambientale (SIM3A) and of the Italian Group of Wine Microbiology.Dr. Ashutosh Singh is presently working as Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph, Canada. After completing B.Tech.in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology, India in 2007, he obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Bioresource Engineering, from McGill University, Canada in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Before joining the University of Guelph, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University, Canada from 2014 to 2015 and later joined McGill University as a Research Associate. Dr. Singh's research work involves the development of novel food processing methods and the use of physical, chemical, engineering, bioinformatics and biotechnological tools to improve the understanding of the nutritional component of food at the molecular level. In recent years his research group has expanded the research areas to include the development of non-destructive food quality and safety testing techniques using ATR-FTIR and NIR. His research group also works in the area of design, fabrication and application of microfluidic electrochemical, Quartz-Crystal Microbalance (QCM) and colorimetric biosensors to identify food allergens and toxins. Till date he and his research group members have published over 50 research articles (Citation: 1004, h index: 18 and i10-index: 23 (Google Scholar)).Prof. Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra is presently working as President, Odisha Bigyan Academy under Science and Technology Department, Government of Odisha, India. He obtained M. Phil. and Ph.D. Degree in 1983 and 1987 respectively from Berhampur University, Odisha. He served as ICAR-Emeritus Professor at P.G. Department of Microbiology, College of Basic Science & Humanities, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India after superannuation in 2018 for three years and Emeritus Professor OUAT from 2021. He has more than 40 years of teaching and research experience. Thirteen numbers of students have been awarded doctoral degree under his supervision in the field of environmental, soil and agricultural microbiology from various Universities across India and currently 02 are actively working. In addition, he has supervised more than 30 P.G. students. He has more than 75 publications including book chapters and research manuscript in various journals of national and international repute (h-index: 22 and Citation: 1635 in Google Scholar). He is credited with 25 accession numbers submitted to NCBI, USA. He has contributed research article and book chapters in many more edited books pertaining to environmental, soil, agricultural and industrial microbiology. He has edited 8 books in microbiology and biotechnology published by national and international publishers and 1 text book on Botany practical. He successfully completed 1 Major project funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Govt. of India and was the Chief Nodal Officer of a project funded by the Rastriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (RKVY) on 'Establishment of Biofertilizer Production Unit', Govt. of Odisha amounting to 150 Lakh. He is a recipient of 'Best Teacher Award' from the University in 2012, from the College of Basic Sciences & Humanities in 2015 and from Odisha Botanical Society in 2018. For significant contributions in microbiology, he was conferred with Prof. Harihar Pattnaik memorial award by the Orissa Botanical Society in 2016.