Author(s): Kaushik P, Garg VK
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Abstract This paper reports the results of a study of vermicomposting with Eisenia foetida of solid textile mill sludge mixed with cow dung in different ratios in a 90 days composting experiment. Vermicomposting resulted in significant reduction in C:N ratio and increase in TKN. Total K and Ca were lower in the final cast than the initial feed mixture. Microbial activity measured as dehydrogenase activity increased up to 75 days and decreased on further incubation. Total P was higher in the final product than the initial feed mixture. Total heavy metal contents were lower in the final product than initial feed mixture. Solid textile mill sludge can be potentially useful as raw substrate in vermicomposting if mixed with up to 30\% cow dung (on dry weight basis). The growth and cocoon production of the worm species in different feed mixtures were also investigated.
This article was published in Bioresour Technol
and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation