humus Articles

  • Earthworms helping economy, improving ecology and protecting health

    Earthworms can treat organic garbage, livestock manure and poultry droppings and turn them into premium organic fertilisers, because humus only exists in earthworm feces and castings, compared with other fertilisers. Earthworms can also supply quality animal protein as feed, and offer the best raw materials for the biochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Vermiculture should be put into a whole ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Vermicomposting of mustard residue and effect of its application on soil and plant nutrients status

    Vermicomposting of mustard (Brassica juncea) residue with pretreatments of submergence in water, nutrients (urea and low grade rock phosphate) supplementation, microbial (Bacillus sp., Trichoderma viride and Cellulomonas fimi) inoculation and their combined use with fresh cow dung/slurry improved the quality of vermicomposts with respect to C/N ratio, yield, humus fractions and nutrients content. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Carboxyl and phenolic humic fractions affect pinus nigra callus growth and metabolism

    A humic substance was separated into carboxyl and phenolic fractions by affinity chromatography using a weak-base amine resin. The humic extract and its fractions were analyzed for physical and chemical characteristics. Their biological effects were compared, at concentrations of 1 and 5 mg C L–1, on the growth of callus of Pinus nigra J.F. Arnold. A higher molecular weight and a greater degree ...

  • Introduction of composted digestates in agriculture

    Municipal organic waste is increasingly recycled by aerobic composting or anaerobic digestion procedures. In 1997, 230 000 Mg organic waste were composted and used for agriculture in the region of Cologne, which is an increase by 70% compared to 1994 (Anonymous, 1999). Therefore, the effects of compost on the soil and the plants require studies on:- its nutrient contents to contribute to the ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Application of two vermicomposts on a Rice crop: Effects on soil biological properties and rice quality and yield

    Vermicomposts have been considered as a soil additive to reduce the use of mineral fertilizers because they provide required nutrients, increase cation exchange capacity, and improve water-holding capacity. However, the effect of each vermicompost on soil properties and crop yield depends on its chemical composition. The main objective of this work was to study the effect of incorporating two ...

  • Review: Effects of olive mill wastewater application on soil properties and plants growth

    Comparative effects of untreated olive mill wastewater (UOMW), treated olive mill wastewater (TOMW) and bioaugmented olive mill wastewater (BOMW) on soil properties, on seeds germination and on plants growth were investigated. The water holding capacity, the salinity, the organic carbon content, humus, total nitrogen, phosphate and potassium increased when the spread amounts of UOMW (50, 100 and ...

  • Label policies, marketing strategies and technical developements of compost market in the European countries

    Traditionally the use of soil improvers in agriculture is aimed at the restoration of the organic substance removed from the agro-ecosystem by crops. The addition of humus, as replacement for the portion gradually mineralised by the micro-organisms of the soil, leads to the conservation of its fertility under many point of view: physical (e.g. porosity, drainage, aeration), chemical (availability ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • The relevance of moisture control in organic municipal Solid waste windrow composting process

    The valorisation of the Municipal Solid Waste composting fraction assumes importance in management strategies of the MSW and constitutes a way of producing an organic material such as humus to improve the soil aeration, the water holding capacity and valuable product when used as soil amendment because it is a source of nutrients (N, P, K) and useful for recovery of poor and degraded soils. It is ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Compost Science & Utilization current research March 2007

    Crop Response Extractability, plant yield and toxicity thresholds for boron in compost Investigators: William F. Brinton and Eric Evans, Woods End Research Laboratory, Inc., Mt. Vernon, Maine Objectives: To determine the quantity of total and water-soluble boron in compost and other sources and their relationship to plant performance and toxicity symptoms; and to establish toxicity thresholds ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Development of Waste Sawdust as a plant protection material for horticulture and agriculture

    Untitled Document Lignin is one of the major wastes of modern society, in the form of wood waste such as sawdust. In nature, lignin is ...

  • Principles for market-orientated production of compost products from the perspective of a plant operator

    The treatment of biological waste, and composting in particular, has received a great boost in recent years since the introduction of source separation for biological waste in the 1980s. At the same time, legal regulations and guidelines for the construction of composting plants, production and trading of compost products were expanded. At present, about 6.5 million tonnes of biological waste is ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Estimating forest soil Carbon and Nitrogen stocks with double sampling for stratification

    Precise and accurate estimation of C and N in forest soils is important for monitoring long-term site productivity and C stock changes. Obtaining such estimates remains a major challenge, however, especially because of high natural variability in the forest floor. Although most researchers have used simple random sampling (SRS) for within-plot soil sampling, double sampling for stratification ...

  • How the Earthworm Improves the Soil

    Nature has ways of converting vegetable and mineral raw materials into high-quality products. The inconspicuous earthworm provides striking example — it is a minirefinery in the soil. The dew worm or common earthworm, which is native to Europe, is just one of more than 3000 earthworm species in the world. About 30 centimeters long, the powerful earthworm digs ...


    By Sulzer

  • Compost Tumblers - the most effective method of composting

    There are many different methods of composting, and there are a number of products now available to those who compost. The compost bin to buy depends on the needs of the garden or home. With that said, compost tumblers provide an efficient, low maintenance, and reliable method of composting. One of the many misconceptions about composting is that there is an odor associated with decomposing ...


    By Biofinch Ltd.

  • Chicken Manure Management, Recycling, and Composting

    Chicken Manure Fertilizer Manufacturing Process If you have chickens, you will have manure. Fortunately, chicken manure is among the most prized of manures. Fresh chicken manure is considered a “hot” manure, which is unsuitable for immediate use. Chicken manure needs to be composted and aged at least two to three months before you add it to your garden. If you don’t wait ...

  • CoirGreen™ : Helping you think and act green

    Many of us depend heavily on the environment to make a living. Yet, knowingly or unknowingly to us, our actions can have negative impact on the environment, such as ...


    By CoirGreen

  • Introducing the technique of composting in a rural municipality in Chile

    Waste management in Chile Until a few years ago there had been a lack in the supply of basic infrastructure needs like the supply of drinking water, sewage systems, electricity and communication in a lot of rural areas in Chile. With the advancing economic development further necessities have arisen. New objectives are the extended development of infrastructure, the conservation of natural ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Composting of biodegradable organic wastes for sustainable agriculture

    Investigators: M.A. Ali Khan, Manoj Kumar, Kavita Kashyap, Ruby Rani, Sanjay Yada, Priti Kaushik Siraohi Environmental Science Lab. Dept. of Botany, Simbhaoli, Ghaziabad, India Objectives: To recycle, reduce and reuse hazardous distillery spent wash (DSW). Pressmud cake (PMC) fly ash, Eicchornia/Azolla/trash/litter and DSW inoculated with Trichoderma viride were observed for temperature based ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The Best Practices for Using Plant Residues

    Plant residue are crop materials such as stems, leaves, and roots, that are left on the field after the harvest. In the past, farmers considered crop residue to be trash, that was usually destroyed by fire. However, today this practice is not recommended and highly is not used by farmers. There are two different ways to manage crop residues. The first method is tillage prior planting when plant ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Vermicompost’s Role in Farming

    One of the main goals of every organic farmer is to build long-term soil fertility and tilth by feeding the soil with a variety of natural amendments. The regular addition of compost is one of the best ways to enhance the soil’s organic and humic content, which helps to build a fertile soil structure. This soil structure makes better use of water and nutrients. It is easier to till and, ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

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