Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 08, Issue 2, 2006; Page No.(205-208)

FUNGAL COMPOSTING - A NOVEL METHOD FOR GREEN WASTE COMPOSTING

S. LOGAKANTHI, RAJESH BANUI J S. ESAKKIIZAJ AND G.S. VIJAYALAKSHMI

Abstract

A huge quantity of vegetable wastes accumulates in and around as every day and it is needless to mention that there is an urgent need to develop and use of eco-friendly method to dispose them Presently an attempt has been made to convert vegetable wastes into value added compost using a fungal species Trichoderma harzianum, which, is widely known as cellulose degrader. The composting was carried out for a period of 50 days in a especially designed composting platform. Variation in temperature and pH during the composting was recorded. The decrease in C:N ratio was observed during composting. The reduction in C:N ratio was 69 and 34% for fungal and control respectively. While the consumption of major nutrients, phosphorous and potassium were 43, 50% for fungal and 21, 2.5% for control respectively.

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