Dr. Ulrich Berk
An article was published in the International Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology Research (IJSETR), Volume 4, Issue 7, July, 2015, titled, “Application of Agnihotra Ash for Enhancing Soil Fertility.” The experiment was conducted by Chanda Berde, Arvind Kulkarni, Arati Potphode, Anand Gaikwad and Snehalata Gaikwad, Department of Biological Sciences, Gogate Jogalekar College, in Ratnagiri, South India. Dr. Ram Kripal Pathak and I went there last January, and already now their research is done and published–very good progress!
The article shows that Agnihotra Ash promotes the multiplication of beneficial microbes in soil, and, on the other hand, keeps harmful microbes such as fungi under control. Some intelligence appears to be there in the Agnihotra Ash to discern between the two. Especially interesting is that phosphorus solubilizing bacteria multiply when Agnihotra Ash is added. This confirms and explains the results of an experiment done decades ago by Dr. Tung Ming Lai of Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
This recent article is good for all who are interested in agriculture, especially for soil scientists.