Insights into the unidentified microbiome: Current approaches and implications

Ratna Prabha, Dhananjaya Pratap Singh*, Vijai Kumar Gupta

*Corresponding author for this work

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Microorganisms play pivotal role through the functions of their communities in regulating biogeochemical cycles on the Earth since inception. During the early ages of Earth’s evolution, they helped to make the atmosphere oxygenic and suitable for all living beings. Still, they are the silent ecological workers for recycling mineral nutrients and organic compounds that facilitate soil health by improving soil structure and fertility, contribute to plant nutrition and health and maintain ecosystem functions. Evolutionary diversification and succession of microbial communities parallel to the evolution of the Earth made their inhabitation possible in all kinds of habitats including those of extreme environments too. This chapter records the methods used for the identification, characterization and functional interpretation of microbial communities in light of the most advanced developments in instrumentation, methods, protocols and techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrobial Interventions in Agriculture and Environment
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1 : Research Trends, Priorities and Prospects
EditorsD Singh, V Gupta, R Prabha
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9789811383915
ISBN (Print)9789811383908
Publication statusPrint publication - 28 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Evolution
  • Genomics
  • Microbial communities
  • Microbiome
  • Molecular identification
  • Omics approaches


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