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Abstract                 Volume:9  Issue-7  Year-2021          Original Research Articles


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Key Drivers of Vermicomposting and its Multidisciplinary Applications – A Review
R. Sabarish1,2 and M. Prakash1*
1Research Department of Microbiology, Kanchi Shri Krishna College of Arts and Science, Kanchipuram-631 551, Tamil Nadu, India 2Department of Biotechnology, St.Joseph's College (Arts & Science), Kundrathur Main Road, Kovur, Chennai-600128, India
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Abstract:

Vermicomposting is described as "oxidation of biological material and stabilization of organic material involving the synergy action of earthworms and microorganisms". Under appropriate maintenance, worms eat agricultural waste and reduce the volume by 40 to 60%. Vermicompost produced by the activity of earthworms is rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, phytohormones, enzymes such as proteases, amylases, lipase, cellulase and chitinase and immobilized microflora. Conventionally vermicompost is used to provide nutrients to the soil and their by enhance the soil fertility and act as a soil conditioner. It is excellent source of humus and plant nutrients, on application of which improve soil physiochemical properties and organic status of soil. Normally vermicomposting in used in the field of agriculture, but this review focusses on the multidisciplinary uses of vermicomposting. This review attempts to increase awareness on waste recycling management to create an ecofriendly environment. The moisture content, bulking materials, precomposting apart from the selection of earthworm species are found to be the key drivers of vermicomposting system, while other factors are peripheral. The amendment of bulking materials with biowastes is also indispensable as the vermicomposting, compost maturity and earthworm growth and reproduction depend on initial C/N ratio and nutrients.

Keywords: Earthworm, Vermicomposting, Waste Management, Multi-disciplinary Application
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How to cite this article:

Sabarish, R. and Prakash, M. 2021. Key Drivers of Vermicomposting and its Multidisciplinary Applications – A Review.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 9(7): 76-82
doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2021.907.011