A group of researchers from Visva Bharati University in India has discovered a new bacteria useful in agriculture. Recently six researchers of that university discovered this bacteria. The Indian media Times of India says that they named it after the founder of Visva Bharati, the universal poet Rabindranath Tagore.
This discovery came to light as a result of five years of tireless work by Professor Bomba Dam and his five assistant researchers of the Microbiology Lab of Botany Department of Visva Bharati University. They named it Pantoea tegri. Professor Bomba Dam said that they gave this name in honor of Rabindranath.
Professor Bumba Dam said, ‘The matter was reported to the Association of Microbiologists of India. The findings were published in the November issue of the Indian Journal of Microbiology. And only then did the concerned body recognize the newly discovered bacteria.’
Keeping in mind the contribution of Rabindranath Tagore in the field of agriculture, the bacterium was named Pantoea tegri, said Bumba Dam. He said that this is the first time that a living thing has been named after the universal poet.
The team of researchers included Professor Bomba Dam of the Microbiology Lab of the University’s Department of Botany along with researchers Raju Biswas, Arijit Mishra, Sandeep Ghosh, Abhinav Chakraborty and Pooja Mukherjee.
If more chemical fertilizers are used in agriculture, the land loses its fertility. Due to this, farmers are more inclined towards organic fertilizers.
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium are essential for proper plant growth. These three elements are abbreviated as NPK. They are not easily obtained from soil. However, this new bacterium helps plants overcome NP deficiency.
Basically, the researchers started looking for those lands which have less useful and necessary nutrients for plants. It was then that they discovered this new species of bacteria in the Jharia coal mine area of Jharkhand. Then by reviewing the phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of that bacteria, you can find out that this bacteria helps to overcome NP deficiency in plants.