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ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research gets patent for seed coating composition

 

  • CNM Reporter

ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode has received patent (Patent No.350698) for a seed coating composition and its preparation. The Institute has successfully developed, field tested and commercialized the seed coating technology of PGPR/ beneficial
microbes for seeds. The technology was developed by team including Dr, M. Anandaraj, Dr.Y.K .Bini and Dr. A.K. Johny.
Seed coating is the application of exogenous materials onto the surface of seeds with the aim of improving the delivery of active compounds viz., plant growth regulators,micronutrients, and microbial inoculants which can increase germination and plant
growth.

The invention of seed coating composition using Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria and its preparation helps to retain the viability of seeds and also to maintain the coated organisms in a buffered state. The process prevents seed desiccation and ensures protection against environmental stress. It also protects the seed against storage
pests which in turn enhances the longevity of the seeds ensuring enhanced germination and helps the emerging seedling to establish with the help of the introduced organisms on the seeds. Due to the enhanced viability quantity of seed required is low and the enhanced
primary growth results reduced weed growth.

Advantages
·         Enhances viability and seed quality during storage
·         Protects seeds from storage pest incidence
·         Enhances seed germination and vigour
·         Enhances yield by 15-30%
·         Reduces seed rate requirement
·         Applicable to all kinds of seeds including vegetables
·         Can be used in organic farming
Technology licensing and commercialization:-
1. SRT Agro Science Pvt. Ltd., Durg, Chhattisgarh
The technology was also licensed by the SRT Agro Science Pvt. Ltd., Chhattisgarh in 2018
January, a biofertilizer/biopesticide private company started in the Year – 2007.

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