A type of bacteria (very tiny organism) from talahib roots found by scientists at the University of the Philippines Los Banos National Institute of Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology (UPLB BIOTECH) which can be a source of natural fertilizer for corn. This is why this grass survive even in very poor soil because of this bacteria in its roots (Azorperillum) which can produce its nutrient needs with the help of nitrogen from the air.

Researchers tested the bacteria (called Azobacteria) in corn fields of Pangasinan, Isabela and Batangas. Test results showed that with Azobacteria, use of nitrogen fertilizer could be reduced from 30 to 70 percent. In some cases, where pure Azobacteria was used, good harvest was also attained.

Procedure of Using Azobacteria:

Four (4) small packs of Azobacteria and a little chemical fertilizer is enough for a one hectare corn field.
1. Mix Azobacteria with a small amount of chemical fertilizer.
2. Wet the corn seeds and mix well with Azobacteria and chemical fertilizer before planting.

Once planted, it can promote the growth of roots of corn with the help of nitrogen from the air.

Source: Farming Update Jan-Mar 1989