Mycorrhiza is a symbiotic (mutualistic) association of certain fungi with roots of higher plants. Mycorrhiza increase water and nutrient uptake by plants.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MANURE AND FERTILIZER
|Manure is a natural substance which is obtained by decomposing animal waste such as dung (gobar) of cattle and buffaloes and plant residues.||Fertilizer is a human made substance which is an inorganic salt or an organic compound.|
|It contains small amounts of essential plant nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.||
It is very rich in plant nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
|It adds a great amount of organic matter in the form of humus in the soil.||It does not add any humus to the soil.|
|As manure is not soluble in water, nutrients present in the manure are absorbed slowly by the crop plants. Nutrients exist locked inside the organic compounds of humus.||Being soluble in water, a fertilizer is readily absorbed by the crop plants.|
|Manure is not nutrient specific and it tends to remove the general deficiency from the soil.||A fertilizer is nutrient specific and can specifically provide nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to the soil according to the need.|
|Manure is voluminous and bulky. And so it is inconvenient to store, transport, handle and apply it to the crop.||A fertilizer is compact and concentrated and so it is easy to store, transport and apply to the crop.|
|Manure is cheap and is prepared in rural homes or fields.||A fertilizer is costly and is prepared in factories.|
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