TY - CHAP A1 - Prashant Kaushik A2 - Opinder Singh Sandhu A3 - Navjot Singh Brar A4 - Vivek Kumar A5 - Gurdeep Singh Malhi A6 - Hari Kesh A7 - Ishan Saini ED1 - Ramalingam Radhakrishnan Y1 - 2021-07-28 PY - 2021 T1 - Soil Metagenomics: Prospects and Challenges N2 - Microbes are essential components of the ecosystem. Mycorrhizal fungi in the rhizosphere support or inhibit plant growth naturally. Plant growth-promoting fungi help to improve crop yield and crop sustainability in adverse environmental conditions including soil salinity, drought, high and low temperatures, and infections from pathogens and pests. Mycorrhizal fungi secrete plant growth-promoting substances, enzymes, and other metabolites, all of which play a vital role in enhancing the productivity of economically important plants. These fungi also reduce the need to use chemicals in agriculture, which helps to minimize soil pollutants. This book provides updated information on the production and utilization of mycorrhizal fungi for sustainable agriculture and forestry. BT - Mycorrhizal Fungi SP - Ch. 1 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.93306 DO - 10.5772/intechopen.93306 SN - 978-1-83881-941-5 PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-10-26 ER -