Wednesday, 14 December 2011
New ACIAR publication
Biofertilisers contain micro-organisms that promote the uptake of nutrients and growth of plants. Use of biofertilisers can reduce the need for more costly and environmentally damaging chemical fertilisers.
ACIAR research has shown that rice yields in Vietnam can be maintained and even increased with reduced application of chemical fertilisers, after treatment with the biofertiliser ‘BioGro’. However, the benefits of reduced fertiliser costs and increased rice yields can only be achieved if there is adequate quality control of biofertiliser production and application.
This manual provides a set of protocols and guidelines to verify the correct number and strains of micro-organisms are present in the biofertiliser over the shelf life of the product. It provides methods for testing biofertiliser quality in both the laboratory and the field. Most importantly, the methods chosen seek a balance between the use of modern technologies and the needs of developing countries with limited resources other than labour.
The book can be downloaded for free, or purchased online. Complimentary copies may also be possible. For ACIAR’s distribution policy, see http://aciar.gov.au/publication/distributionPolicy.
Georgina Hickey, ACIAR Publications Manager