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Vermicomposting of Paper Mill Sludge with Eisenia fetida for its Conversion to Nutrient Using Different Seed Materials

Vermicomposting of Paper Mill Sludge with Eisenia fetida for its Conversion to Nutrient Using... In this study, it was aimed for effective utilization of paper mill sludge through vermicomposting by varying seed proportion with sp. Eisenia fetida. Nine plastic trays were used for the experimental work including control. Different seed proportions of cow dung and cattle dung were tested. The multiplication of earthworms in terms of number was counted at the end of vermicomposting. The N, K, Ca, Na values of the manure in each vermibin were estimated before and after vermicomposting. In this study, it was concluded that tray A2 which has combination of 75% Cow dung (CD) and 25% Paper Mill Sludge (PMS) provided better nitrogen synthesis and lowering C/N ratio, whereas tray A4 (25%CD + 75% PMS) yielded better Calcium recovery. Both the seed materials were found to be suitable for Potassium recovery. From this study, it was inferred that vermicomposting of paper mill sludge with sp. Eisenia fetida along with seed materials can also solve the problem of disposal of this sludge. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A Springer Journals

Vermicomposting of Paper Mill Sludge with Eisenia fetida for its Conversion to Nutrient Using Different Seed Materials

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by The Institution of Engineers (India)
Subject
Engineering; Civil Engineering
ISSN
2250-2149
eISSN
2250-2157
DOI
10.1007/s40030-017-0253-8
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Abstract

In this study, it was aimed for effective utilization of paper mill sludge through vermicomposting by varying seed proportion with sp. Eisenia fetida. Nine plastic trays were used for the experimental work including control. Different seed proportions of cow dung and cattle dung were tested. The multiplication of earthworms in terms of number was counted at the end of vermicomposting. The N, K, Ca, Na values of the manure in each vermibin were estimated before and after vermicomposting. In this study, it was concluded that tray A2 which has combination of 75% Cow dung (CD) and 25% Paper Mill Sludge (PMS) provided better nitrogen synthesis and lowering C/N ratio, whereas tray A4 (25%CD + 75% PMS) yielded better Calcium recovery. Both the seed materials were found to be suitable for Potassium recovery. From this study, it was inferred that vermicomposting of paper mill sludge with sp. Eisenia fetida along with seed materials can also solve the problem of disposal of this sludge.

Journal

Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series ASpringer Journals

Published: Nov 2, 2017

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