Sustainable Utilization of Fungi in Agriculture and Industry

Fungi: An Environment-friendly Approach for the Growth of Plants

Author(s): Aparna B. Gunjal *

Pp: 149-158 (10)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815040340122020014

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The use of chemical fertilizers improves plant growth growth and causes pollution, affecting human health. The use of microorganisms to increase the plant yield has many advantages viz., eco-friendly, economical, and easy. The fungi produce many secondary metabolites and can be used to promote plant growth. This will be a sustainable approach and also avoid pollution. The fungi produce plant growth promoting substances, act as strong biocontrol agents, and also show antimicrobial effects against the harmful pathogens, thus preventing the diseases of the plants. This chapter focuses on the importance of fungi in agriculture, which will help farmers. The solid-state fermentation using Aspergillus sp. for plant growth-promoting substances is also mentioned in the chapter. The chapter is significant as it highlights the use of the biological process to improve plant growth, which is the need of the hour. 

Keywords: Biopesticide, Chitinase, Eco-friendly, Pollution, Siderophores, Spores.

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