Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 15, Issue 3, 2013; Page No.(511-514)

PRELIMINARY OBSERVATION ON THE VERMICOMPOSTING OF VEGETABLE WASTES AMENDED WITH CATTLE MANURE

SHARMILA RANI, ROHIT SRIVASTAVA AND DEEPAK KUMAR GUPTA

Abstract

Vermicomposting of vegetable wastes amended with cattle manure using earthworm species Eisenia foetida was studied for a period of 45 days. The vegetable waste mixture had 45.15 ± 1.9% organic carbon, 1.5 ± 0.21% total nitrogen and 30.1 ± 2.1 C: N ratio initially. Organic carbon and C/N ratio decreased in both the control and experimental pots whereas nitrogen content increased during the study period. Significant variation in total organic carbon, nitrogen content and C/N ratio (P<0.05) was observed on 15th, 30th and 45th day of composting.

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