Introduction : Shakti MN is a biological fertilizer based on a selected strain of naturally-occurring beneficial aerobic fungus Penicillium citrinum (MTCC – 3303 ) . Penicillium citrinum is used as an effective soil inoculant. Shakti MN contains conidiospores of Penicillium Citrinum . It is formulated as Wettable Powder with CFU count of 5 X 10 ^ 7 / g. Shakti MN is approved for use in Organic Agriculture.

Mode of Action :

Fungal growth : The conidispores start germinating and produce mycelia in the soil. These mycelia grow by utilizing the root exudates of the plant as a energy source and release organic acids as a product of their metabolism. Organic acid production: Penicillium citrinum solubilizes the fixed manganese present as manganese oxides by release of organic acids such as citric acid and oxalic acid.

Method of Application :

Seedling treatment : Mix 100 gm Shakti MN with sufficient quantity of water and organic manure to form a slurry. The seedlings are dipped in this slurry for 30 minutes prior to planting so that the fungus gets attached to the roots. Soil application : Mix 3-5 Kg/ acre of Shakti MN with compost