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APPLICATION OF ALGAL BIOFERTILIZERS (AULOSIRA FERTILISSIMA TENUIS AND ANABAENA DOLIOLUM BHARDAWAJA) FOR SUSTAINED PADDY CULTIVATION IN NORTHERN INDIA

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Field trials were conducted to determine the effect of algal biofertilizers (Aulosira fertilissima and Anabaena doliolum), alone or in combination with different doses of N-fertilizer (0–120 kg N/ha) supplied as urea, on biomass yield and nutritive value of rice. All doses of N-fertilizer, together with A. fertilissima or A. doliolum, significantly increased plant height, number of tillers/hill, root length, leaf length, chlorophyll content, number of panicles/hill, number of seeds/ear, seed weight, grain yield, protein, and N content of grain. However, lower doses of N-fertilizer resulted in more efficient and rapid responses. Maximal qualitative improvement in rice production was found with 90 kg N/ha together with 12.5 kg/ha algal biofertilizer. The responses to these biofertilizers appear to be strain-specific since application of A. fertilissima yielded better results than application of A. doliolum. Application of the former saved about 25% of the chemical N-demand of the crop.

Affiliations: 1: Council of Science and Technology, Uttar Pradesh ; 2: Center of Advanced Study in Botany, Banaras Hindu University

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