Agricultural microbiology is a field of study related to: Plant-associated microbes . Plant and animal diseases. It also deals with the microbiology of soil fertility, such as microbial degradation of organic matter and soil nutrient transformations.
Course Outline – Agricultural Microbiology
- Microbial world: Prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes
- Bacteria: cell structure, chemoautotrophy, photo autotrophy, growth
- Bacterial genetics: Genetic recombination- transformation, conjugation and transduction, plasmids, transposon
- Role of microbes in soil fertility and crop production: Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sulphur cycles
- Biological nitrogen fixation- symbiotic, associative and asymbiotic
- Azolla, blue green algae and mycorrhiza (AM Fungi)
- Rhizosphere and phyllosphere
- Microbes in human welfare: silage production, biopesticides, biofuel, biofertilizers production and biodegradation of agro-waste
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