This volume is developed on the broad theme of plant-associated bacteria. It is envisioned as a resource volume for researchers working with beneficial and harmful groups of bacteria associated with crop plants.
The book is divided into two parts. Part I (9 chapters) on beneficial bacteria includes chapters on symbiotic nitrogen fixers, diazotrophs, epiphytes, endophytes and rhizosphere bacteria and deleterious rhizobacteria. Part II (8 chapters) consists of detailed descriptions of 8 genera of plant pathogenic bacteria: Agrobacterium, Clavibacter, soft-rot Erwinia, Pseudomonas, Xanthomonas, Ralstonia, Burkholderia and Acidovorax & Herbaspirillum. There is an opening chapter on the plant-associated bacteria survey, molecular phylogeny, genomics and recent advances. And each chapter includes terminology/definitions, molecular phylogeny, methods that can be used (both traditional and latest molecular tools) and applications.
Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Plant-associated bacteria: survey, molecular biology genomics and recent advances. Beneficial Bacteria: 2. Rhizobium-legume symbioses: molecular signals elaborated by rhizobia that are important for nudulation. 3. Nitorgen fixing bacteria in nonlegumes. 4. Epiphytic bacteria, their ecology and functions. 5. Bacterial endophytes: The endophytic niche, its occupants and its utility. Rhizosphere Bacteria: 6. Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). 7. Contribution of studies on suppressive soils to the identification of bacterial biocontrol agents and to the knowledge of their modes of action. 8. Root-associated bacteria including systemic resistance. 9. Rhizosphere competence and role of root colonization in biocontrol. 10. Deleterious rhizobacteria. Plant Pathogenic Bacteria: 11. Agrobacterium biology and crown gall disease. 12. Clavibacter michiganensis, a group of gram-positive phytopathogenic bacteria. 13. The soft rot Erwinia. 14. Plant pathogenic Pseudomonas species. 15. Virulence functions of xanthomonads. 16. Plant pathogenic Ralstonia species. 17. Burkholderia. 18. Plant pathogenic members of the genera Acidovorax and Herbaspirillum. Index.