A Multi-use composition for biocontrol of plant pathogen infestation granted patent
The institute has identified two Trichoderma species having excellent quality to protect the rice plant from soil and seed borne diseases as well as excellent growth promotion capability. The research team led by Dr. Arup Mukherjee has developed a formulation with these two species individually and in combination and tested in farmers’ field. These formulations were observed to be highly effective in different crops including maize, finger millet, niger and rice. It was observed that using these formulations, the farmers were able to harvest 10-20% higher yield with lower input. These formulations are the most suitable for organic agriculture. Besides reducing the use of chemical fungicides, it also reduces the input of chemical fertilizers. The inventors filed a patent based on the formulation on “A MULTI-USE COMPOSITION FOR BIOCONTROL OF PLANT PATHOGEN INFESTATION, AND GROWTH ENHANCEMENT’ which has been granted recently by the Indian Patent Office on 03/12/2021 (Patent No. 383679).