About the Author
Verma, Satish Kumar, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of BotanyInstitute of ScienceBanaras Hindu University Varanasi, 221005India Satish K Verma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India where he teaches plant pathology and microbiology to graduate and post graduate students. He worked as Raman Fellow at the Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, where he teaches plant pathology and microbiology to graduate and post graduate students. He received his Ph.D. in Botany (Endophytes) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and he also served as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Botany, Visva-Bharti, Santiniketan, India for three years. He has published 16 research papers in scientific journals, including Microbial Ecology, Symbiosis, Annals of Microbiology, Applied Microbiology, Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Microbiology, Plant and Soil, and Current Science. He has also published 3 book chapters. His research interests include the functions of plant microbiomes, endophyte diversity and ecology, and the roles of endophytes in modulation of plant development and protection of hosts from biotic and abiotic stresses. White, James Francis Jr., Ph.D.Department of Plant Biology and PathologyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickNew Jersey, 08901USA James White is a Professor at the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the biology of fungi. Dr. White received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Auburn University (Alabama) in Botany and Plant Pathology, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Botany from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. White has published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, and has edited five reference books on the topic of plant-microbe symbioses. Dr. White's research interests include the evolutionary development of microbial plant symbioses-including the study of both fossil and extant systems. Recently, together with students and collaborators, he has been examining the roles of endophytic microbes in stimulating plant development and protection from biotic and abiotic stresses.