Enhancing sugarcane growth and yield by biocontrol agents/biofertilizers - Final Report 2014/402
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Australian sugarcane industry is facing significant challenges affecting sugarcane growth. Sugarcane diseases and soil degradation are the two major threats. Many sugarcane diseases are caused by pathogenic fungi and bacteria. In order to protect sugarcane against these diseases, enormous efforts have been given on the development and application of chemical-based pesticides. The use of microorganism-based biocontrol agents to protect plant crops attracts increasing research interests due to the environmentally friend nature of the agents. In addition, many biocontrol agents also promote plant growth through enhancing nutrient uptake and improving solid quality. In this project, a number of microbial strains were screened in terms of their biocontrol activities against two sugarcane pathogens. Growth of two of the identified strains on sugarcane processing by-products (sugarcane bagasse and molasses) was demonstrated in order to produce liquids having biocontrol activities. The results show that it is possible to use these liquid products as biocontrol agents though further optimisation of the production process is required to improve the biocontrol activities. The microorganisms identified in this project have not been previously reported as biocontrol agents. Further development of these biocontrol agents may lead to new IP. The project has addressed the Key Focus Area in SRA Strategic Plan � Pest, disease and weed management. Further research based on this project may lead to the development and adoption of SRA-developed packages for integrated management of key diseases. Biocontrol agents are environmentally friendly. The use of biocontrol agents will improve sugarcane growth and sugar production while manufacturing biocontrol agent will provide job opportunities in rural and regional areas.
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