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Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria increase the efficiency of fertilisers while reducing nitrogen loss

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Paungfoo-Lonhienne, C., Redding, M., Pratt, C. and Wang, W. (2019) Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria increase the efficiency of fertilisers while reducing nitrogen loss. Journal of Environmental Management, 233 . pp. 337-341. ISSN 0301-4797

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.12.052

Publisher URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479718314749


More than half of the applied conventional fertiliser nitrogen (N) in cropping systems can be lost to the environment, resulting in water and air pollution. Farming systems that ensure efficient fertiliser use are crucial to sustain crop productivity without harming the environment. One avenue to achieve this is the use of bio-fertilisers with recognised benefits for plant nutrition and soil heath. Within this area, plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are increasingly applied to enhance plant nutrient acquisition and assimilation. Here, we investigated if PGPR can improve fertiliser performance. We show that the addition of PGPR to soils amended with 50% organic and 50% conventional N fertilisers increased the growth of kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum), producing yields similar to those obtained using 100% conventional N fertiliser. Encouragingly, this combination also reduced mineral N leaching by 95% relative to the all conventional fertiliser treatment. These findings suggest that using organic and synthetic fertilisers together in the presence of PGPR is a promising approach for sustaining plant growth while reducing potential pollution from inefficient use of conventional N fertilisers.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Ammonium Nitrate Nitrogen Fertiliser Organic fertiliser PGPR
Subjects:Science > Botany > Plant physiology
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Fertilisers
Live Archive:05 Mar 2019 22:35
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:44

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