, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 6–10 | Cite as

Cyanobacteria: A potential biofertilizer for rice

  • Upasana Mishra
  • Sunil Pabbi
General Article


Application of high input technologies has resulted in significant increase in agricultural productivity. There is, however, a growing concern about the adverse effects of indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers on soil productivity and environmental quality. Cyanobacteria offer an economically attractive and ecologically sound alternative to chemical fertilizers for realizing the ultimate goal of increased productivity, especially in rice cultivation. In a wetland rice ecosystem, nitrogen fixation by free living cyanobacteria also significantly supplements soil nitrogen.


Nitrogen fixation sustainable agriculture soil fertility bluegreen algae 


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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Upasana Mishra
    • 1
  • Sunil Pabbi
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Conservation and Utilisation of Blue-Green AlgaeIndian Agricultural Research InstituteNew DelhiIndia

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