July 02, Colombo: Researchers of the Biology Department of the Faculty of Agriculture of Sri Lanka’s University of Peradeniya have introduced a bacterial culture that aids plants to absorb nutrients from the natural environment.
The team led by senior Prof. Sarath Bandara says the bacterial culture enhances the ability of the plants to absorb nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous and other nutrients from the soil.
According to the researchers, addition of 200 milliliters of the bacterial culture that costs only Rs. 200, mixed with compost fertilizer could fulfill nutritional requirements for an acre of paddy for a one-year period.
The team says paddy and other crop cultivations can benefit from their finding. According to them, 200 milliliters of the bacterial culture, mixed with compost fertilizer and used on an acre of paddy, could fulfill nutritional requirements for one year period.