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An important goal of ecological rehabilitation is to accelerate natural successional processes to increase biological productivity, soil fertility and biotic control over biogeochemical fluxes within the recovering ecosystems. A new approach called Microbe Assisted Green Technology (MAGT) is an integrated biotechnological approach developed at National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) through exhaustive laboratory as well as field studies and serve as a model for land reclamation and development of lush green vegetation on mine overburdens. One year old seedlings of native tree species were planted on 6.3 ha area of manganese mine overburden at Gumgaon under Manganese Ore India Ltd., Maharashtra, India. Continuous efforts resulted in nutrient rich soil with high N, P, K and organic carbon; well developed biodiversity, including bacteria, fungi, higher plants (more than 350 species) and different classes of animals. Planted trees accumulated 698 t ha−1 above ground biomass and 143 t ha−1 below ground mass. This was achieved in 18 years by MAGT, which otherwise takes hundreds of years.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Environmental Biotechnology
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Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 10:38
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2012 10:38
URI: http://neeri.csircentral.net/id/eprint/133

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