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Waste management using vermicompost derived liquids in agriculture

Siamak Shirani Bidabadi

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The technology of vermicomposting containing their leachates, teas and other extracts such as vermiwash as a result of earthworm action is widely applied for safe management of agricultural, industrial, domestic and hospital wastes, remediation of polluted soils, improving agricultural productivity, crop protection against pests and diseases, and inducing the resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses is reviewed here, covering the recent years. The Vermicompost derived liquids have several advantages when used in agriculture. Contrary to the fact that chemical fertilizers are still widely used in agriculture, societies gradually become aware of the negative effects of these fertilizers on their health. Therefore, vermicompost derived liquids contain high amount of valuable plant nutrients which has the potential to be used as liquid fertilizer. This paper also reviews the potential of vermicompost derived liquids as foliar fertilizer and nutrient solution in hydroponic systems. Efficient combination of nutrient source of vermicompost derived liquids contributes to plant growth and act as a deterrent to biotic and abiotic stresses.


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Bio-fertilizer; crop production; Organic waste management; Sustainable agriculture; vermicompost derived liquids

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