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Azolla Biofertilizer for Sustainable Rice Production

K. Kumar (Author) S Kannaiyan (Author)
Synopsis This book entitled Azolla Biofertilizer for Sustainable Rice Production contains the valuable informations from the vast experiences of the authors Prof. Dr. S. Kannaiya and Dr. K. Kumar in the field of Azolla-Anabaena symbiosis for the past 25 years. It is written with the objective of providing basic knowledge and practical technologies on the effective utilization of Azolla as an eco-friendly and economically viable biofertilizer for sustainable rice production. It gives an access to the latest informations on the biology of Azolla, growth, sporulation, N2 fixation, ammonia assimilation and mineralization process in rice ecosystem. It offers a good deal of practical technologies of fresh biomass, sporocarp inoculum, carrier based immobilized cyanobacterial inoculant, field application and methods for enhancing N use efficiency of this technology. It also covers the utility of Azolla as supplemental animal feed and the economics of usage of Azolla as biofertilizer for rice. Illustrative colour photographs have been included in various chapters for easy understanding of the subject by readers. This book will be very useful for to the scientists, researchers, Post-Graduate students, extension workers and voluntary organizations involved in the crop management technology for sustainable rice production.
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About the authors

K. Kumar

Dr. K. Kumar is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He has got a teaching and research experience of 20 years and is a specialist on biological nitrogen fixation associated with rice. He has developed some practical technologies for biofertilizer application in rice. He has visited the University of London, UK under British Council Academic Exchange Programme. He is a recipient of Prof. G. Rangaswami Gold Medal for best Ph.D. student in Microbiology for the year 1995. He has published 60 research papers in national and international journals, actively participated in the national and international conferences and published 4 books. He has been the Principal Investigator of the projects funded by ICAR, DBT, TNSCST, etc.

S Kannaiyan

Professor Dr. S. Kannaiyan is the former vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He is a renowned world famous scientist in Agricultural Microbiology and Biotechnology. Prof. Kannaiyan did his B.Sc. (Agriculture) with first class and distinctions in Planat Pathology and Agronomy and M.Sc. (Agriculture) in Agricultural Microbilogy with first class and first rank from Annamalai University by securing Dr. M.P. Damodaran's and Dean's Awards. He also obtained his Ph.D. in 1976 in Agricultural Microbiology and his Ph.D. thesis was rated as the best and outstanding one for the year 1978. He was a FAO/UNDP Fellow and worked in Charles Kettering Research Laboratory, Yellow Spring, Ohio, USA. He was working as visiting scientist at University of California, Davis, USA in USDA Senior Scientific Panel Programme. He was a British Council Visiting Fellow in the University of Nottingham, UK and Visiting Scientist to the King's College, University of London, UK. Prof. Kannaiyan started his career in the Department of Agricultrue, Government of Tamil Nadu s a Research Assistant. Prof. Kannaiyan later joined as Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Microbiology at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in 1980. Prof. Kannaiyan is the recipient of more than 20 awards. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi and the Indian Society of Biochemists and Biotechnologists. His field of specialization are Biotechnology, Alagal and Azolla Biotechnology, Biofertilizers, Nodulation in Cereals, Agricultural Education etc. He has organized many National and International Conferences. Prof. Kannaiyan has developed a strong research group and recently has got a NATP "Team of excellence project on Biofertilizers for rice based cropping system was sanctioned in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rice Microbiology. He has published more than 400 research papers in reputed National and International Journals in the areas of Cyanobacteria, Azolla Biofertilizer, stem nodulating Sesbania rostrata and Rice Pathology. He has published 38 scientific books pertaining to Biofertilizers and Agriculture and written 14 books in Tamil on technology transfer.

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Title Azolla Biofertilizer for Sustainable Rice Production
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170353564
length xvi+452p., Figures; Tables; Plates; References; Index; 23cm.