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dc.contributor.authorSinha, Rajiven_US
dc.contributor.authorHerat, Sunilen_US
dc.contributor.authorBharambe, Gokulen_US
dc.contributor.authorBrahambhatt, Ashishen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:11:24Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:11:24Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2011-06-16T06:03:49Z
dc.identifier.issn0734242Xen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0734242X09342147en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/30584
dc.description.abstractEarthworms feed readily upon sludge components, rapidly converting them into vermicompost, reduce the pathogens to safe levels and ingest the heavy metals. Volume is significantly reduced from 1 m3 of wet sludge (80% moisture) to 0.5 m3 of vermicompost (30% moisture). Earthworms have real potential both to increase the rate of aerobic decomposition and composting of organic matter and also to stabilize the organic residues in the sludge - removing the harmful pathogens (by devouring them and also by discharge of antibacterial coelomic fluid) and heavy metals (by bio-accumulation). They also mineralize the essential nutrients nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium from the sludge. It may not be possible to remove toxic substances completely, but at least change the 'chemical make-up' of the sludge to make it harmless to the soil and enable its use as a nutritive organic fertilizer. This method has been found to comply with grade A standards for sludge stabilization.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom872en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto881en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalWaste Management & Researchen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume28en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAgriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode070199en_US
dc.titleVermistabilization of sewage sludge (biosolids) by earthworms: converting a potential biohazard destined for landfill disposal into a pathogen-free, nutritive and safe biofertilizer for farmsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Engineeringen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2009 The Authors. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
gro.date.issued2010
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