Allied Station

Soil Bacteriology Section, Faisalabad

Main emphasis of the work, carried out at Soil Bacteriology Section, ABRI, AARI, Faisalabad, is on plant growth promoting microbes, their isolation, characterization and exploitation to increase crop production

Mission

Main goal of the Section is the restoration of soil and plant health through biological means developing crop (Legumes, non-legumes, cereals, fiber and vegetable etc.) specific inoculants and their supply to farmers and researchers. On the average more than 7000 inoculum bags were supplied to the interested farmers

Objectives

  • Isolation, maintenance, purification and preservation pure microbial isolates for multiplication
  • Execution of Annual Programme of Research Work
  • Dissemination of biofertilizer uses information and technology through radio and electronic media. Publishing of research papers and tested technology
  • Functioning as biofertilizer testing laboratory, Govt. of the Punjab and analyzed 71 biofertilizer/biostimulant samples and 8 samples of BOP during the last year (2016-17).
  • As a special assignment 80/80 burnt/unburnt post-harvest residue samples from wheat/rice farmers’ field from all over the Punjab samples were also analyzed for microbial count

Research Activities

  • Screening of crop specific exopolysacchride producing PGPR from drought prone areas of the Punjab. / Hiina Javed, Aneela Riaz
  • Biochemical & molecular characterization of soil beneficial bacteria for the suppression of plant pathogens. M. Amjad Qureshi, Saleem Akhtar
  • Mutualistic approach of bradyrhizobium, PGPR and Piriformaspora indica on nodulation and yield of soybean. / Munazza Rafique, Fakhar Mujeeb
  • Effect of potassium solubilizing bacteria on enhancing growth and yield of wheat. / Munazza Rafique, Fakhar Mujeeb
  • Isolation, characterization and screening of biofilm producing PGPR. / Munazza Rafique, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Isolation and characterization of siderophore producing bacteria. / Aneela Riaz, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Biofert-plus: novel microbial formulations enriched with precursors and PGR’s. / M. Amjad Qureshi, Saleem Akhtar
  • Biofert-plus: novel microbial formulations enriched with precursors and PGR’s. / M. Amjad Qureshi, M. Asif Ali
  • Response of lentil and mash bean to rhizobium and PSM in combination with plant growth regulators. / M. Amjad Qureshi, Saleem Akhtar
  • Growth and yield response of oil seed crops to PGPR and microbially synthesized metabolites. / Hina Javed, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Precursor-inoculum interaction for improving growth and yield of beans. / M. Asif Ali, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Co-inoculation of bradyrhizobium and phosphate solubilizing microbes on growth promotion of groundnut under rain-fed conditions. /  Fraza Ijaz, Hina Javed
  • Biocontrol of fusarium wilt in chickpea by co-inocultion with rhizobium and PGPR. /  Aneela Riaz, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Influence of L-methionine and Rhizobium sp. on nodulation, growth and yield of chickpea and mung bean. /  Munazza Rafique, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Isolation, characterization of sulphur oxidizing bacteria for acidification of compost. /  Fraza Ijaz, Fakhar Mujeeb
  • Plant microbe interactions for the growth and yield improvement of berseem fodder. /  Fraza Ijaz, M. Amjad Qureshi 
  • Isolation, characterization and screening of PGPR capable of providing relief in abiotic stresses. / Hina Javed, Fraza Ijaz
  • Wheat and rice response to biostimulants under field conditions. /  M. Asif Ali, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Growth and yield response of wheat and rice to PGPR and different levels of kinetin. /  Aneela Riaz, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Soil Bacteriology lab functioning as Biofertilizer Testing Lab, Govt. of the Punjab. / Aneela Riaz, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Isolation, purification and maintenance of PGPR, PSM and Rhizobium species. /  Technical Staff
  • Effect of various crop residues management strategies on soil health in rice-wheat cropping system. /  Munazza Rafique, Aneela Riaz
  • Response of crops to slow releasing Phosphatic fertilizers in comparison with other P-fertilizer sources. /  Technical Staff

Completed Research Activities

  • Biofert-plus: precursor enriched novel microbial formulations. /  M. Amjad Qureshi, M. Asif Ali
  • Biofert-plus: precursor enriched novel microbial formulations. / M. Amjad Qureshi, Saleem Akhtar
  • Impact of various weedicides on soil microflora of wheat and maize crop. /  Munazza Rafique,  Fakhar Mujeeb
  • Potential of endophytic bacteria for growth promotion of wheat and maize. /  Hina Javed, M. Amjad Qureshi
  • Effect of different biostimulants on Rabi and Kharif vegetables. /  Fakhar Mujeeb

Achievements

  • Inoculum packets (44514) of Rhizobium, PGPR and P-Solubilizers were supplied to the farmers in the last five years.
  • Analyzed 1760 burnt v sunburnt soil samples.
  • PGPR inoculation improved the cereal yield up to 7-12%. 
  • Rhizobium inoculation improved the legume yield up to 15-25%. 
  • Co-inoculation of Rhizobium and PGPR improved the legume yield up to 22-35%. 
  • Co-inoculation of Rhizobium and PSB improved the berseem yield up to 28%.
  • Precursor-inoculum interaction improved the paddy and wheat yield up to 12-15%.

Contact Us

Dr. Saleem Akhtar
Principal Scientist
Phone: 041-9201807

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