Relative efficacy of two species of earthworms in biodegradation of organic wastes under semi-arid subtropical conditions of North-West India
by Vivek K. Saini, R.C. Sihag, R.C. Sharma, S.K. Gahlawat, R.K. Gupta
World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WRSTSD), Vol. 7, No. 3, 2010

Abstract: The efficacy of two species of earthworms, Eudrilus eugeniae and Eisenia fetida, was compared for three seasons. The earthworms were cultured in the pits containing a mixture of fresh cow dung and wheat straw in 5 : 1 ratio. Eudrilus showed maximal increase in its population and biomass and minimal C : N ratio in its vermicompost in rainy season. Eisenia showed higher tolerance to temperature ranges and was able to perform better in winter and summer seasons. When compared for the whole year, Eisenia was found to be more suitable as a vermicomposting worm in subtropical areas of India.

Online publication date: Mon, 05-Apr-2010

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