HSTU researchers achieve success in tomato cultivation
Alangkar Gupta, HSTU
Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University's (HSTU) researcher Dr. Azizul Haque and his team have achieved a great success in tomato cultivation using very low doses of urea (TSP, Potash) and bacteria without the use of any poisons, hormones.
UNESCO's The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) has funded their research.
Their tomato variety is called 'Bipul Plus'. The research team said that, this Bipul plus variety of tomato is grown using some readily available nitrogen-fixing bacteria, which has led to such unprecedented success.
Tomato plants grown using bacteria are larger and greener than conventionally controlled tomato plants. In addition, the yield of tomatoes in bacteria applied plants is about four times that of normal plants. About 260 tomatoes were found in each tree.
Internal changes in tomatoes were also observed. The research team said that the amount of water in tomatoes is much less than normal, the solid part of the fruit is more and it is also delicious to eat. As a result, the percentage of water is less, researchers hope that this tomato will be good for a month without keeping it in the refrigerator.
Another researcher of soil science department of the Faculty of Agriculture professor Dr. Shah Mainur Rahman said, in this research project of Tawas led by Azizul Haque, this direct effect of bacteria on tomato yield and plant branching is really unexpected. I have never seen so much yield and so much branching growth in other controlled tomato cultivars. It is indeed a great achievement. If this effect of bacteria can be reflected at the field level, reaching the farmer level, then I think this is a breakthrough research.
Researcher about this research. Azizul Haque said, this project of ours is being managed by the grant of the World Academy of Science of UNESCO. We have been able to increase the yield and branching of these delicious tomatoes by applying toxin-free, hormone-free and low-level fertilizers. I hope that the common people can store it for 1 month without keeping it in the fridge. If we want to go for sustainable development, such research should be handed over to the farmers, and now we are waiting for that day.
It should be noted that, last year Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University's (HSTU) Faculty of Agriculture was selected for The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) research grant for interdisciplinary and intercontinental collaborative research from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).