The dramatic worldwide increase in agricultural and industrial
productivity has created severe environmental problems. Soil and
groundwater reservoirs have been polluted with pesticides,
xenobiotics and agro-chemicals. The global consensus to reduce
inputs of chemical pesticides and agrochemical fertilizers, which
are perceived at being hazardous by some consumers, has provided
opportunities for the development of novel, benign sustainable crop
The future of agricultural depends upon our ability to enhance
the productivity without damage to their long-term production
potential. One of the strategies is the application of effective
microbial products beneficial for both farmers and ecosystems. This
kind of approach can ensure both ecological and economic
sustainability. Soil microbial populations are immersed in
framework of interactions, which are known to affect plant fitness
and soil quality.
For betterment of life of human being, improved quality and
variety of products are formed due to versatile action of different
group of microorganisms, Microbes are able to degrade solid waste
material into compost which is a mixture of decayed organic matter,
manure etc. Incomplete microbial degradation of organic waste where
the microbial process varies aerobic to anaerobic form is stated as
compost, if added to soil improves plant growth and development.
The biological activities and microbial metabolism in the soil
contribute to alter its mixture and fertility. Incorporation of
organic remain in the form of compost is known to influence
favourably the physio-chemical and biological properties of soil.
The beneficial activities bestowed upon plants by compost
utilization are multifaceted, hence most promising alternatives for
achieving sustainable agricultural production.
An increased awareness on compost has led to their use in
agricultural concern. Contents in the present book will comprised
various chapters on the role of beneficial bacteria in the
composting process. The application is depicted to achieve the
attainable productivity besides, in disease management and
suppressiveness of organisms of phytopathogenic in nature.
Significance of the compost elicits certain responses e.g. soil
reclamation, soil fertility, soil health and disease management
exhibit due to quality compost amendment in soil. It serves as low
cost prospective option for sustainable crop production and
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