GNOBB would like to congratulate Dr. Muhammad Manjurul Karim and his associates at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh for publishing the research work on identifying the salt tolerant plant growth promoting bacteria and their application for rice cultivation under salt stress in Canadian Journal of Microbiology. The change in the global climate is directly affecting the soil salinity level in Bangladesh’s crop lands by increasing the sea level, resulting in gradual loss in cultivable lands. To combat the problem, Dr Karim’s group focused on plant growth promoting rhizobacteria, and identified B. aryabhattai MS3 as a potential candidate. When this rhizobacteria was used as a fertilizer component, 42.6% plants survived under 200 mmol/L salt stress, while only 8% survived in regular fertilizer treatment. These results suggest that fertilization of rice with osmoprotectant-producing PGPR therefore, could be a climate-change-preparedness strategy with a view to building a climate-smart agriculture for coastal ecosystem.
Dr. Karim is a professor at the Department of Microbiology, Dhaka University, and current general secretary of GNOBB. We wish all the best to Dr. Karim and his team.