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Did you know that 49 percent of India’s population is associated with agriculture, but their contribution is just 15 percent in the total GDP? This definitely calls for some major modifications in the agricultural sector, as India is an agricultural country. NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya had also recently expressed his views that reforms in the agricultural sector are essential to bring a second green revolution.

Compost is nature’s own way of recycling organic waste materials into a rich soil containing humus that benefits nature by enhancing soil quality. Though the process of composting may naturally take place in the environment, it may depend on numerous factors such as quality of waste, the climate, the abundance of biodegraders and most importantly the type of microbial population that dominates the entire process of composting.

Tomatoes are one of the most widely grown crops ranging right from small backyard gardens to large fields.
Viral infections in tomato plants may be caused due to numerous viruses. Most viral disease in tomatoes are caused by the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and tomato leaf curl viruses (ToLCV), however many other viruses may also cause significant losses of the crop.

It is very well known the plant-microbe interactions are crucial for the growth and development of plants. However, it has always been believed that processes like nitrogen fixation are mainly associated with microbes that colonize the roots of plants. However, a recent study by Plant microbiologist Sharon Doty and her team in the University of Washington proves otherwise.