Quality Control and Benchmarking

Mycorrhizal inocula, as well as other microbial bio-inoculants and organic fertilizers available on the market, share a common problem quality control and its regulation. It is very difficult to ensure that the products are of standard quality. In India and comparable countries, most commercial organic fertilizers are not covered by the type of national or international standards which govern the quality of chemical fertilizers. Thus, specific protocols for quality control of AM fungal inocula...

Potential Tool for Organic Farming

In recent years, the world has seen a growing awareness of health and environmental issues, and sustainability has become a key word in discussions on economic development, particularly in relation to developing countries. The community is becoming more and more conscious of these issues globally, and government policies in industrialized as well as developing countries are increasingly being formulated to encourage organic and sustainable agriculture. Producers are turning to certified organic...

Field Evaluation

Mycorrhizal associations have evolved in complex and relatively stable natural environments which support mixed assemblages of plant species, but today man seeks to manage the symbiosis in simplified systems often involving monocultures of agricultural, horticultural or forest crops. Research on mycorrhizal functions has been carried out largely under standardized laboratory or glasshouse conditions specifically designed to exclude the complexities associated with natural soil as well as...