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Vermiculture Technology : Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management - Clive A. Edwards

Vermiculture Technology

Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management

By: Clive A. Edwards (Editor), Norman Q. Arancon (Editor), Rhonda L. Sherman (Editor)

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Co-edited by international earthworm expert Clive A. Edwards, Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management is the first international, comprehensive, and definitive work on how earthworms and microorganisms interact to break down organic wastes on a commercial basis. Many books cover the importance of composting for reducing the amount of organic wastes in landfills. This reference focuses on innovative vermiculture technology that turns organic waste into a value-added environmentally friendly products that can improve soil fertility and productivity on a large scale.

Chronicles more than two decades of growth and changes in earthworm composting technology

Based on the work of an outstanding international cast of scientists, the book explores the dramatic growth and changes in vermiculture technology since 1988 and assesses advances made in government-funded projects in the United States and United Kingdom. The contributors discuss outdoor and indoor windrows, container systems, wedge systems, and low labor-requirement, fully-automated continuous flow vermicomposting reactor systems that can process more than 1000 tons of organic wastes per reactor per annum. They also highlight the science and biology behind the use and efficacy of vermicomposting, examine its importance to developing countries, and detail the technology of the past, present, and future.

Although the development of a range of vermicomposting technologies has been rapid and the spread of vermicomposting dramatic, the scientific literature remains scattered throughout a range of journals, newsletters, and online resources. As a compilation of information designed specifically to have an extended shelf life, this volume chronicles how vermiculture can be brought into full commercial and industrial development and find application in integrated waste management systems.

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Editorsp. xv
Contributorsp. xix
Introduction, History, and Potential of Vermicomposting Technologyp. 1
Relationships between Composting and Vermicompostingp. 11
Biology and Ecology of Earthworm Species Used for Vermicompostingp. 27
Discovery and Development of New Species for Vermiculturep. 41
The Microbiology of Vermicompostingp. 53
Small-Scale School and Domestic Vermicomposting Systemsp. 67
Low-Technology Vermicomposting Systemsp. 79
Medium- and High-Technology Vermicomposting Systemsp. 91
The Potential of Vermicomposts as Plant Growth Media for Greenhouse Crop Productionp. 103
The Use of Vermicomposts as Soil Amendments for Production of Field Cropsp. 129
The Production of Vermicompost Aqueous Solutions or Teasp. 153
The Suppression of Plant Pathogens by Vermicompostsp. 165
Use of Aqueous Extracts from Vermicomposts or Teas in Suppression of Plant Pathogensp. 183
Suppression of Arthropod Pests and Plant Parasitic Nematodes by Vermicomposts and Aqueous Extracts from Vermicompostsp. 209
The Use and Effects of Aqueous Extracts from Vermicomposts or Teas on Plant Growth and Yieldsp. 235
Human Pathogen Reduction during Vermicompostingp. 249
Heavy Metals, Earthworms, and Vermicompostsp. 263
Quality Criteria for Vermicompostsp. 287
The Commercial Potential and Economics of Vermicompostingp. 303
The Production of Earthworm Protein for Animal Feed from Organic Wastesp. 323
The Use of Vermiculture for Land Improvementp. 335
The Potential of Earthworms Produced from Organic Wastes in Production of Pharmaceuticalsp. 349
The Status of Vermicomposting in North America: A Rapidly Developing Technologyp. 369
Vermicomposting for Businesses and Institutionsp. 391
New Developments and Insights on Vermicomposting in Spainp. 409
Vermiculture and Vermicomposting in the United Kingdomp. 423
Vermiculture in Australia and New Zealand: From Earthworm Production to Commercial Vermicompostingp. 437
Origins and Spread of Vermicomposting in India: Focus on Sustainable Agriculturep. 453
Vermiculture in the Philippinesp. 469
The Status of Vermicomposting in Indonesiap. 481
Vermicomposting Projects in Hong Kongp. 497
Vermicomposting Research and Activities in Mexicop. 507
The Scope of Vermiculture in Cubap. 533
Commercial Applications of Vermiculture in Chinap. 545
Progress in Vermicomposting in Belarus, Russia, and Ukrainep. 565
Author Indexp. 579
Subject Indexp. 587
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ISBN: 9781439809877
ISBN-10: 1439809879
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 623
Published: 21st January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 1