Agri Life NITROFIXTM - AC is a biological fertilizer based on a selected strain of naturally-occurring beneficial diazotrophic bacteria - Azotobacter chroococcum ( MTCC 3853 ). Owing to their unique metabolism they can actively fix atmospheric nitrogen in soil by conversion to ammonia. It is used as an effective soil application product.
Overdependence and abuse of nitrogenous fertilizers based on fossil fuel / chemical has resulted in depletion of beneficial soil microbial organisms. Cost of chemical nitrogenus fertilizers is increasing progressively and making it unaffordable to farmers. Biological nitrogen Fixation ( BNF) is proven concept for over a century and is a cost effective proposition.
Agri Life NITROFIXTM -AC contains cysts of Azotobacter chroococcum . It is formulated as carrier based powder with CFU count of 5 X 10 ^ 7 / g. and as 1*10^8 CFU/ml Liquid. Agri Life NITROFIXTM - AC is registered under the Fertilizer Control Order- Govt of India. Agri Life NITROFIXTM- AC is approved for use in Organic Agriculture.
Mode of Action
Nitrogen cannot be absorbed by the plants owing to the strong triple bonds between the nitrogen atoms making it inert and therefore non assimable by plants.
Enzyme production : Azotobacter chroococum produces enzymes such as ferredoxin , hydrogenase and nitrogenase.
Nitrogen fixation needs a large amount of energy in the form of ATP and an anaerobic environment (no oxygen environment). Thus Azotobacter chroococum develops a special defence mechanism against oxygen by intensifying its metabolism that reduces the oxygen concentration in its cells. A special protein sheath is present that protects the important Nitrogensae enzyme. Homocitrate ions play some role in the processes of Biological Nitrogen Fixation ( BNF) .
Nitrogenase action : This is an important enzyme used to convert atmospheric nitrogen into ammonium / nitrate ions which get fixed in soil and can be absorbed by the plants. The basic type is molybdenum-iron nitrogenase.
Bio Active compound synthesis: Azotobacter chroococum synthesizes some biologically active substances including some phytohormones such as auxins thereby stimulating plant growth. They also facilitate the mobility of heavy metals in the soil and thus enhance bioremediation of soil from heavy metals, such as cadmium, mercury and lead.
Method of Application
Seed Treatment : Mix 10 g. of Agri Life NITROFIXTM - AC with 10 g. of crude sugar in sufficient water to make a slurry and coat 1 kg of seeds, dry in shade and sow / broadcast / dibble in the field
Note: Do not store treated / coated seeds more than 24 hrs
Seedling treatment : Mix 100 g of Agri Life NITROFIXTM - AC with sufficient quantity of water and organic manure to form a slurry. The seedlings are dipped in this slurry for 30 minutes prior to planting so that the bacteria get attached to the roots.
Soil application : Mix 3-5 Kg/ acre of Agri Life NITROFIXTM - AC with compost and apply to an acre of soil.
Drip Irrigation : Mix Agri Life NITROFIXTM - AC @ 3 Kg / 3 L in drip stream
Agri Life NITROFIXTM - AC is suitable for application on Cereals , Millets , Pulses, Oilseeds, Fibre Crops , Sugar Crops , Forage Crops , Plantation crops ,Vegetables, Fruits, Spices , Flowers , Medicinal crops , Aromatic Crops , Orchards and Ornamentals.
Agri Life NITROFIXTM - AC is stable for a period of 12 months from the date of manufacturing.