The influence of halophytic compost, farmyard manure and phosphobacteria on soil microflora and enzyme activities
V. Balakrishnan, K. Venkatesan, K.C. Ravindranhttps://doi.org/10.17221/2311-PSECitation:Balakrishnan V., Venkatesan K., Ravindran K.C. (2007): The influence of halophytic compost, farmyard manure and phosphobacteria on soil microflora and enzyme activities. Plant Soil Environ., 53: 186-192.
Biocompost has been identified as an alternative to chemical fertilizers that increased soil microbial population and soil enzyme activities in sustainable farming. The objective of this field study was to evaluate the effect of three halophytic composts in combination with farmyard manure and phosphate solubilising bacteria (Bacillus megaterium) on soil microflora and enzyme activities. The results show that among nine treatments given, the application of Suaeda compost in combination with farmyard manure and phosphate solubilising bacteria (T9) significantly increased the soil microflora such as bacteria, fungi and actinomycetes and soil enzyme activities such as dehydrogenases, alkaline phosphatase, cellulase and urease in soil cultivated with Arachis hypogaea.Keywords:biocompost; halophytic compost; soil microflora; dehydrogenases; urease; alkaline phosphatase; cellulase; Arachis hypogaea