Contents: Preface. 1. Preservation of biodiversity of Fungi: herbarium specimens and culture collection/D.K. Agarwal and R.K. Sharma. 2. Trichomycetes: forgotten fungi/C. Manoharachary. 3. The Laboulbeniales (Ascomycetes): distribution and host parasite relationships/Surinder Kaur and K.G. Mukerji. 4. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal taxonomy: an overview/S. Swarupa Rani, I.K. Kunwar and C. Manoharachary. 5. Pathological and taxonomical aspects of the genus Drechslera/Ashok Gaur, Usha Dev and Vivek Mitter. 6. Evaluation of classificatory systems in smut fungi/R.V. Gandhe. 7. Pleurotus: a mushroom of commerce and broad adaptability/C.L. Jandaik. 8. Wood-rotting fungi of temperate Himalaya/J.R. Sharma. 9. Studies on the growth forms of bryophytes in relation to habit at conditions/H. Govindapyari and Prem L. Uniyal. 10. An overview of the forest types and associated spermatophytic vegetation of Chamba District (Himachal Pradesh)/M. Sharma and Harinder Singh. 11. Ecological prospects of agroforestry systems in Himachal Pradesh in Western Himalayas of India/Vidya Thakur and C.V. Sarswat. 12. Agro biodiversity in the Indian Himalayas/B.D. Sharma and J.C. Rana. 13. Ethno-medicobotany of tribal areas in Himachal Pradesh, India/Narain Singh Chauhan. 14. Soil microbial diversity in relation to chemical transformations and biotic interactions/Bhoopander Giri, Anupama Shukla and K.G. Mukerji. 15. Role of endophytic nitrogen-fixing bacteria in crop production/K.V.B.R. Tilak. 16. Arbuscular mycorrhizal associations in agricultural plants including weeds/Rajni Gupta and K.G. Mukerji. 17. Integration of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi with micropropagated plants/N. Raaman and S. Patharajan. 18. Influence of mycorrhizal fungi on the growth and survival of micropropagated forest trees/M. Sudhakara Reddy and Ajay Kumar Pandey. 19. Effect of dual inoculation of AM fungi and bradyrhizobium japonicum on nodulation and nitrogen content in soybean/S. Neupane and B.N. Prasad. 20. Microbial degradation of hazardous dyes/Ved Pal Singh, Lokendra Singh, Ishwar Singh and Rajesh Kumar. 21. Composting technology: significance and potential/D.J. Bagyaraj, S. Sharath, and A.N. Balakrishna. 22. Seed mycoflora and aflatoxin contamination in Mustard during storage/Manju Tomar-Balhara, Rupam Kapoor and A.K. Bhatnagar. 23. Air and soil-transmitted fungal pathogens of onion: diseases caused and control/Nuray Ozer. 24. Allelochemicals: the possibility of management of plant diseases/Kaori Tomita-Yokotani, Takako Kato and Toshisada Suzuki. 25. Developments in production, characteristics and potential applications of yeast phytases/Parvinder Kaur and T. Satyanarayana. 26. Insights into mode of action of insecticidal proteins of Bacillus thuringiensis/Neema Agrawal, Naresh Arora and Raj K. Bhatnagar. 27. Enhancement of wheat performance with plant growth promoting bacteria in different soils/Dilfuza Egamberdiyeva. 28. Phytoremediation: a cost-effective approach for the removal of soil contaminants/I.S. Dua, Davood Eradatmand Asli, Ritu Sarsoha and Vikas Kumar. 29. Genetically modified cotton and its biosafety concerns: a review/I.S. Dua, Vikas Kumar, Davood Eradatmand Asli and Bhavneet. 30. Phase change in plants: some aspects/Priyanka Kapoor and I. Usha Rao. 31. Introduction of glycinebetaine pathway through genetic engineering enhances potential of plants to withstand abiotic stress/P. Sharmila, Shipra Gupta, Firoz Anwar and P. Pardha Saradhi. Index.
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