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Effect of spraying nitrogen-fixing phyllospheric bacterial isolates on wheat plants

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Culture of two nitrogen-fixing bacteria (REN2 and JN1) isolated from rice and jute phyllospheres respectively, were sprayed on wheat plants as substitute for nitrogenous fertilisers. There was a marked improvement in yield and growth of the plants. An average increase in yield by 70% was obtained which was very near to that obtained by fertilizer treatment.

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Pati, B.R., Chandra, A.K. Effect of spraying nitrogen-fixing phyllospheric bacterial isolates on wheat plants. Plant Soil 61, 419–427 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02182022

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Key Words

  • Bacterial spray
  • Biofertilisers
  • Diazotrophs
  • Nitrogen fertiliser
  • Phyllosphere
  • Wheat yield