Wednesday, 14 December 2011

New ACIAR publication

The latest book to be published in ACIAR’s Monograph Series is a quality control manual for the production of biofertilisers for rice crops in Vietnam.

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

Georgina Hickey, ACIAR Publications Manager

1 comment:

  1. That one chick...14 December 2011 at 16:25

    Scary combination: it has been estimated that almost half the people on the Earth are currently fed as a result of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser use. (Source: trusty wikipedia)
    Inorganic fertilisers are now produced in ways which theoretically cannot be continued indefinitely by definition as the resources used in their production are non-renewable. (Also wkikipedia)

    So, inorganic fertilisers have created a population increase which it can't support... Well done, inorganic fertiliser.


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