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“History and Origin of Aerobic Rice in Karnataka , India”

Aerobic rice cultivation in Karnataka State in India was first conceptualized at UAS Bangalore by Dr Shivashankar G and Dr Shailaja Hittalmani (1980-1985].

This visionary work was initiated by the teacher-student duo in form of a doctoral thesis to explore growing rice under sub-optimal water and soil conditions with improved upland base varieties that are responsive under non- submerged aerobic situation. 

It was essentially to upgrade the existing farmers’ practice of direct seeding of rice in rain fed situation with minimum tillage with local varieties that fetched very low yields. Thus, growing rice in unpuddled condition was later nomenclatured as “Aerobic Rice Cultivation’ (Venkataravana and Shailaja Hittalmani 1989-91).
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