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Biofertilizer Technology

S R Maloo (Author) L L Somani (Author) R.A. Sharma (Author) K.L. Totawat (Author)
Synopsis Man made fertilizers have come to stay in the present century for increasing the output of agricultural production and to meet ever increasing demand of human population, which has been further accentuated by the limited availability of additional fertile farm land. Industrial nitrogen is heavily dependent on energy derived from fossil fuel which is getting depleted at a very fast rate. On the contrary, biological nitrogen fixation requiring nearly half the quantum of energy (needed for industrial fixation) and is dependent on energy from renewable resources such as products of photosynthesis and organic matter in the soil. The natural organic nitrogen provided by the biofertilizers to the agro-ecosystem do not pose any health risk to humans which is being seriously apprehended by the use of chemical and synthetic inorganic nitrogen. In view of escalating energy costs, it is essential for us to evolve and adopt a strategy of using biological fertilizers along with chemical fertilizers. This calls for adoption of integrated nutrient supply by using a judicious combination of chemical fertilizers and biofertilizers. The very objective of boosting crop productivity by chemical fertilizers is becoming self-defeating and unsustainable. An effort has been made in this book to provide an up-to date comprehensive account of fundamental as well as applied aspects related to biological N2-fixation through Azolla and Blue green algal bifertilizers.
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About the authors

L L Somani

Dr. L L Somani (b. 1945) did his graduation and Ph.D. from the University of Udaipur, Udaipur. He had all through a brilliant academic career and also holds Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism. He was awarded Post-Doctoral Commonwealth Fellowship (1975-77) to undertake research at Waite Agricultural Research Institute, Adelaide (Australia). He has also served the Gujarat Agricultural University. He is currently working as Professor at S.K.N. College of Agriculture, Jobner. He has been honoured by the 'Dhiru Morarji Memorial Award' (1984) for agricultural Science by the Fertilizer Association of India. He has published over 200 papers and articles in national and international journals of repute. He is associated with several academic societies. Besides being the editor,  compiler of monumental Dictionary of Agricultural and Allied Sciences Series, Dr. Somani has published many other outstanding books.

K.L. Totawat

Dr. K.L. Totawat (B.1945) retired from the post of professor (Soil Science) at Rajasthan College of agriculture, Udaipur. He specializes in soil Technology. As a soil scientist he has worked on the use of different reclamative measures for amelioration of alkali slils. Dr. Totawat has been instrumental in transferring the technology from the resrarch institute to the farmer's fields. The field experience gained on the technology to suit for adoption by the farmers. He has published over 80 articles in national and international journals of repute. He is author of several books.

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Title Biofertilizer Technology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185680906
length 376p., Tables; Figures.