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dc.contributor.authorSinha, Rajiven_US
dc.contributor.authorHerat, Sunilen_US
dc.contributor.authorAgarwal, Sunitaen_US
dc.contributor.authorAsadi, Ravi Kumaren_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:46:39Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:46:39Z
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.date.modified2010-08-24T06:50:47Z
dc.identifier.issn02511088en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1023/A:1016583929723en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/32788
dc.description.abstractThe practice of vermiculture is at least a century old but it is now being revived worldwide with diverse ecological objectives such as waste management, soil detoxification and regeneration and sustainable agriculture. Earthworms act in the soil as aerators, grinders, crushers, chemical degraders and biological stimulators. They secrete enzymes, proteases, lipases, amylases, cellulases and chitinases which bring about rapid biochemical conversion of the cellulosic and the proteinaceous materials in the variety of organic wastes which originate from homes, gardens, dairies and farms. The process is odour free because earthworms release coelomic fluids in the decaying waste biomass which has anti-bacterial properties which kills pathogens. The species used in India were Indian blue (Perionyx excavatus), African night crawler (Eudrilus euginae) and the Tiger worm (Elsinia foetida). E. foetida was used in Australia. E. euginae was found to have higher feeding, growth and biodegradation capacity compared to other two species. Earthworm action was shown to enhance natural biodegradation and decomposition of wastes (60-80 percent under optimum conditions), thus significantly reducing the composting time by several weeks. Within 5 to 6 weeks, 95-100 percent degradation of all cellulosic materials was achieved. Even hard fruit and egg shells and bones can be degraded, although these may take longer.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherKluwer Academic Publishersen_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom261en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto268en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue3en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalThe Environmentalisten_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume22en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMulti-Disciplinaryen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode999999en_US
dc.titleVermiculture and waste management: study of action of earthworms Elsinia foetida, Eudrilus euginae and Perionyx excavatus on biodegradation of some community wastes in India and Australiaen_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 2002 Springer Netherlands. This is an electronic version of an article published in The Environmentalist Volume 22, Number 3, 261-268. The Environmentalist is available online at: http://www.springerlink.com/ with the open URL of your article.en_AU
gro.date.issued2002
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