Chapter 13

Biomass Production and Nutrient Cycling

Shoji Matsumura, Takuya Ban, Shuhei Kanda, Aye Thida Win and Koki Toyota

Abstract

In today’s eco-friendly agriculture, a combination of pursuing high crop yields and maintaining environmental preservation is essential. The problem of water pollution caused by applying superfluous nutrients to improve crop yield may be alleviated by preventing nutrient leaching from farmlands. Utilizing the catch crop is expected to be a promising method for mitigating nutrient leaching. “Biofertilizer” is an organic soil supplement containing microorganisms useful for enhancing plant growth. Several benefits of using biofertilizer have been reported such as developing strong crop roots, and establishing suitable ...

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