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Application of drum compost and vermicompost to improve soil health, growth, and yield parameters for tomato and cabbage plants

Title
Application of drum compost and vermicompost to improve soil health, growth, and yield parameters for tomato and cabbage plants
Author
김기현
Keywords
Drum compost; Vermicompost; Water hyacinth; Nutrient availability; Heavy metal
Issue Date
2017-09
Publisher
ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Citation
JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, v. 200, page. 243-252
Abstract
Utilization of different types of solid wastes through composting is important for environmental sustainability and restoring soil quality. Although drum composting is an efficient technology, the possibility of heavy metal contamination restricts its large-scale use. In this research, a field experiment was conducted to evaluate the impact of water hyacinth drum compost (DC) and traditional vermicompost (VC) on soil quality and crop growth in an agro-ecosystem cultivated intensively with tomato and cabbage as test crops. A substantial improvement in soil health was observed with respect to nutrient availability, physical stability, and microbial diversity due to the application of drum compost and traditional vermicompost. Moreover, soil organic carbon was enriched through increased humic and fulvic acid carbon. Interestingly, heavy metal contamination was less significant in vermicompost-treated soils than in those receiving the other treatments. The use of VC and DC in combination with recommended chemical fertilization effectively stimulated crop growth, yield, product quality, and storage longevity for both tomato and cabbage. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479717305467?via%3Dihubhttps://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/115702
ISSN
0301-4797; 1095-8630
DOI
10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.05.073
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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING[S](공과대학) > CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING(건설환경공학과) > Articles
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