With India keen to roll out second green revolution, scientists have developed bio-fertilisers use of which has led to increased yields of up to 30 per cent in wheat, rice and pulses over conventional soil nutrients.

The bio-fertiliser technology, developed under the Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology, was transferred to the two fertiliser companies for commercialisation.

The product (bio-fertiliser) is good as it is environment friendly, has good effect on the yield and the nutrient absorption is substantial, Maharaj Kishan Bhan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, told reporters here on Friday.

Scientists associated with the project claimed that studies had shown that the bio-fertiliser to be viable and effective and its application improved soil quality which was indicated by increased enzyme activity.

The use of the bio-fertiliser also led to better nutrient absorption by plants which resulted in improved nutritional quality of the grains, they claimed.

The bio-fertiliser technology is a collaborative research programme involving three Indian research partners - The Energy and Research Institute, Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi, and Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology and three Swiss research partners - University of Basel, University of Neuchatel, and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture.

Banibrata Pandey, Vice President (Emerging Technologies Division), Nagarjuna Fertilizers, said bio-fertilsers will reduce the total requirement of conventional fertilisers.

(This article was published on November 2, 2012)
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