Influence of microbial diversity and plant growth hormones in compost and vermicompost from fermented tannery waste

Balasubramani Ravindran*, Jonathan W C WONG, Ammaiyappan Selvam, Ganesan Sekaran

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Abstract

This study focuses on the effect of the epigeic earthworm Eudrilus eugeniae (with and without addition) to transform solid state fermented (SSF) and submerged (SmF) state fermented TFL mixed with cow dung and leaf litter into value added products in compost and vermicompost bioreactors respectively. The significant role of microbes was identified during compost and vermicompost process. In addition, three important phytohormones (Indole 3-acetic acid, Gibberellic acid, Kinetin) were also detected in the compost and vermicompost products. The results revealed that the maximum amount of plant hormones were available in the vermicompost products which may be due to the joint action of earthworm and microorganisms. The overall results confirmed that the vermicomposting process produced a greater value added product.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-204
Number of pages5
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume217
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

User-Defined Keywords

  • Compost
  • Fermentation
  • Microorganisms
  • Plant growth hormones
  • Vermicompost

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