Industrial Applications of Soil Microbes

Volume: 2

Soil Inhabitant Bacteria: Morphology, Life Cycle and Importance in Agriculture and Other Industries

Author(s): Safi Ur Rehman Qamar* and Mayer L. Calma

Pp: 12-25 (14)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815050264123020005

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


There are many bacteria in the soil, but they have less biomass because of their small size. Soil-inhabitant bacteria are an essential source of nutrients for plants. Some studies highlighted their industrial importance, like in the pharmaceutical industry, perfume manufacturing, and agriculture product scale-up production, including biofertilizers. Most of the studies have been carried out on Actinobacteria and Nitrobacter because of their potential to produce biofertilizers and chemical constituents on a large scale. This chapter discussed their taxonomic and morphological characteristics and gathered details about their practical applications from limited studies carried out in this field.

Keywords: Actinobacteria, Azotobacter, Azospirillum, Cyanobacteria, Rhizobium.

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