Prof. Dr. nat. techn, Syafruddin, S.P., M.P together with a team from the Faculty of Agriculture, Syiah Kuala University had successfully grown mycorrhizae pepper and super chilli in the University Leading Applied Research Program 2021.
The growth of both pepper and chilli was best achieved by adding 10g mycorrhizae into each plant. The result shows that using this organic fertilizer can increase production up to 50%.
The research has also successfully increased the amount of mycorrhizae that consists of Glomus mosseae, Gigaspora sp and a mixture of both on zeolite medium.
In addition, Prof. Syafruddin and the team disseminated their findings to the society on the Product-Based Community Service 2021 to increase the variety of vegetables in season during the Covid 19 pandemic. Adding the organic fertilizer into green plants including lettuce, wombok, spinach and chilli may increase production and reduce the consumption of non-organic fertilizer thus would produce environmentally friendly greens.
“Right now, organic agriculture would need to use non-chemical production boosters. The mycorrhizae fertilizer can be an alternative as it helps the plants to absorb P nutrient and other nutrients.”, as explained by Prof. Syafruddin on baranews.com
He has been involved in research on mycorrhizae as organic fertilizer to increase production and productivity of chillies, patchoulies, peppers, melons and other commodities for 10 years. It is interesting to see how mycorrhizae would act as fertilizers on various other plants.
In the future, Prof. Syafruddin as the Chief of Organic Agriculture Development Research Universitas Syiah Kuala will develop the organic fertilizer mycorrhizae for yearly plants such as figs and dates. This is intended to increase productions for both figs and dates which are loved by people.