Singh, Lal and Sridharan, Srinidhi and Thul, Sanjog T and Kokate, Piyush and Kumar, Phani and Kumar, Sunil and Kumar, Rakesh (2020) Eco-rejuvenation of degraded land by microbe assisted bamboo plantation. Industrial Crops & Products, 155. p. 112795. ISSN 0926-6690

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Eco-restoration is a technique for rejuvenation of degraded ecosystem to their near original state. It also helps to control soil erosion, develop microbial ecology, enhance biomass production and socio-economic development. The present study was focused on a new approach called Eco-Rejuvenation Technology (ERT) for reclamation and ecological/biodiversity restoration of degraded land. To demonstrate this technology, plantation of seedlings of 5 different bamboo species (Bambusa balcooa Roxb., Bambusa vulgaris var. vittata (Schrad. ex Wendl) (Green), Bambusa vulgaris var. striata (Yellow), Bambusa nutans Wall. ex Munro and Dendrocalamus asper (Schult.f.) Backer ex Heyne) was carried out in a village community degraded land located in Central India where organic amendments, such as press mud, farmyard manure and bio-fertilizers were apllied. This study showed how ERT benefited the growth of bamboo (viz., increased height, diameter, number of culms) and further explained how it could help in increasing soil biomass and carbon sequestration capacity over a period of one year. The results reflected that the success of a rural wasteland restoration program depends on community participation and socio-economic factors as well as ecological improvement. In this study, the soil organic carbon (SOC) was restored to nearly 1% within a year. It clearly suggested that ERT is a potential tool for sustainable rural development through native biodiversity development on degraded land.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wasteland Reclamation; Ecorestoration; Eco-rejuvenation Technology; Sustainable Rural Development; Bamboo Plantation
Subjects: Environmental Resources, Conservation
Environmental Biotechnology
Depositing User: Dr. S Thul
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 05:32
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2021 05:32

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