Soils

Microorganisms

Treatments

Cont

ACE

NCE

Chem

Vertisol

Bacterial (cfu Log 10 mL-1)

4.67±0.03a

6.27±0.01c

6.19±0.01c

4.88±0.04b

Fungal (cfu Log 10 mL-1)

4.10±0.10a

4.26±0.14a

4.20±0.10a

4.16±0.16a

Ferrosol

Bacterial (cfu Log 10 mL-1)

5.28±0.03b

6.25±0.01c

6.20±0.01c

5.16±0.01a

Fungal (cfu Log 10 mL-1)

4.10±0.10a

4.20±0.10a

4.36±0.18a

4.10±0.10a

±values are SE of the means, n=3 and means with different letters with in rows are significantly different at p<0.05 in various treatments, Cont – Control; ACE - Aerated Compost Extract; NCE- Non Aerated Compost Extract; Chem - Chemical Fertilizer.
Table 4: Effect of compost extracts on microbial (bacterial and fungal) populations (cfu Log 10 mL-1) in two soil types sampled at 36 days after transplanting (a day after the last compost extract application) from the tomato experiment conducted in the greenhouse (Experiment 2). Means with different letters within rows are significantly different at P < 0.05 (n = 3) in different treatments. Results are expressed as cfu Log 10 mL-1.