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Comparison of plant nutrient contents in vermicompost from selected plant residues


Yan, Yi Wei and Abd Aziz, Nor Azwady and Shamsuddin, Zulkifli and Mustafa, Muskhazli and Abd. Aziz, Suraini and Teng, Suk Kuan (2013) Comparison of plant nutrient contents in vermicompost from selected plant residues. African Journal of Biotechnology, 12 (17). art. no. D7981C124423. pp. 2207-2214. ISSN 1684–5315


In this experiment, earthworm, Eudrilus eugeniae was fed with different plant residues: grass clippings, sago waste and rice straw. These organic wastes were also left to decompose naturally as the control. Analysis on samples vermicompost showed that humic acid content was highest in rice straw, followed by grass clippings compared to those of sago wastes. Total phosphorus (P) was lower in vermicomposts as compared to the controls, however, highest extractable P was found in rice straw vermicompost (0.33 ± 0.00 g/kg). Sago waste vermicompost (22.79 ± 0.01 g/kg) contained highest total calcuim (Ca) compared to the grass clippings (1.39 ± 0.01 g/kg) and rice straw (8.22 ± 0.06 g/kg) vermicompost. Significant positive correlations between nutrient contents in raw plant residues and vermicompost were observed for total nitrogen (N) (r = 0.779), potassium (K) (r = 0.998) and Ca (r = 0.997). The study showed that nutrient in initial wastes material affects the nutrient contents of vermicompost. This research suggested that among the plant residues studied, vermicomposting of rice straw produced vermicompost with the highest plant extractable nutrient contents.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Faculty of Science
Publisher: Academic Journals
Keywords: Vermicompost; Plant nutrients; Earthworms; Rice straw; Sago wastes; Humic acids
Depositing User: Umikalthom Abdullah
Date Deposited: 29 May 2014 01:17
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 03:38
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/28132
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