Algae’s role in sustainable agriculture explored

MADURAI: The two-day national seminar on algae for sustainable agricultural production held at the Agriculture College and Research Institute, Madurai of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) discussed the many roles of algae in agriculture.
The main aspects of the seminar were to discuss algae distribution and resources in India, its bioactive compounds, growth regulators biocides, minerals and micro nutrients; application of seaweed as manure in different forms for agricultural and horticultural crops, algae as food and fuel and algae products of commercial production and application in seed science. Its cultivation, culture, harvesting, processing, value addition and marketing were also other aspects.

Inaugurating the seminar, S Edison, former director of Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum said that algae can play an important role in agriculture to enhance soil fertility when the condition of soils is precarious and seaweed (its Latin name being algae) industry worth US$8 billion is gaining importance in our country too.

 

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