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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract - DIVISION S-3-SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY

Bioactivation of Poorly Soluble Phosphate Rocks with a Phosphorus-Solubilizing Fungus


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  1. Vol. 64 No. 3, p. 927-932
    Received: July 7, 1999

    * Corresponding author(s): briec@indo.net.id
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  1. Didiek H. Goenadi *a,
  2.  Siswantoa and
  3. Yudho Sugiartob
  1. a Indonesian Biotechnology Research Unit for Estate Crops, Bogor 16151, Indonesia
    b PT Petrokomia Gresik (Persero), Gresik, Indonesia


Many studies have demonstrated ineffectiveness of finely ground phosphate rock (PR) use due to the low solubility of its P contents. This study was conducted to develop a simple, effective, and environmentally sound process to improve P availability of PR to crops by using a phosphate-solubilizing fungus (PSF), Aspergillus niger BCC F.194, isolated from tropical acid soils. The optimum incubation period and the optimum level of PR were determined. The P-solubilizing effect of the supernatant of 9-d-old liquid culture supernatant (LCS) of the fungus was also determined by reacting it at various concentrations with Morrocan phosphate rock (MPR). The inoculation of the growth media with the PSF A. niger resulted in the highest P solubility of the rock after 9 d of culturing at 2.5 g L−1 MPR. Up to a certain degree, direct inoculation of fungal biomass and its LCS onto MPR caused a remarkable increase in 2% citric acid–soluble P, but not in water-soluble P content. The possibilities of using the LCS instead of H2SO4 in superphosphate (SP) production and using both with lower H3PO4 concentrations were investigated with MPR as raw materials. Replacement of H2SO4 by the LCS in the SP production process yielded a comparable 2% citric acid–soluble P content. Combining the LCS and H2SO4 reduced the consumption of H3PO4 that occurs in standard SP production. This LCS technique provides a practical means for an effective bioactivation of PR intended for both as a P fertilizer and a raw material of the SP.

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