Microbial technologies for agriculture will benefit from the use of nanotechnology based applications says Prof. M S Reddy, Former Professor, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University Auburn, United States and Founder Chairman of Asian PGPR Society.
Dr. Reddy was delivering the fourth Dr. Y.R. Sarma Memorial Lecture on “Nano based microbial technologies for 21st century’s sustainable spice cultivation” organized by ICAR - Indian Institute of Spices Research in association with Dr. Y.R. Sarma Memorial Trust. More than 400 participants from various parts of the world registered for the lecture. The programme was chaired by Dr. Santhosh J. Eapen, Director, ICAR-IISR. Prof. Reddy said that nanotechnology based microbial formulations are increasingly used across the globe to enhance the efficacy of microorganisms and to decrease human toxicity and adverse effects on environment. He also stressed that the nano-based formulations can provide a more conducive micro-environment for the agriculturally important microbial strains with protection over a longer time periods in the field. Dr. Anuradha Sarma proposed vote of thanks.