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International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 291–301

First Online: 07 August 2014Received: 27 January 2014Accepted: 30 June 2014


The beneficial effects of vermicast on soil fertility in general, and agriculture in particular, are widely recognized, but there are no reports on the effect of storage on vermicast quality. The present study is an attempt to cover this knowledge gap as it may assist in the formulation of guidelines for packaging and storing of vermicast in a manner that preserves the cast’s fertilizer value. Vermicast generated from paper waste was packed in airtight and partially sealed bags with and without pre-drying for 24 h. Changes in several physical, chemical, and biological properties of the castings were monitored for 3 months with weekly assessments. The results reveal that the beneficial properties of vermicast were the highest when it was fresh. There was deterioration on storage, which can be minimized if the castings are contained in airtight bags after pre-drying the casts.

KeywordsVermicast properties Vermicast storage Vermicast packing Eudrilus eugeniae Paper waste AbbreviationsAUDFresh vermicast stored in airtight bags

APDVermicast pre-dried for 24 h stored in airtight bags

PUDFresh vermicast stored in partially sealed bags

PPDVermicast pre-dried for 24 h stored in partially sealed bags

WHCWater holding capacity

WFPSWater-filled porosity

CorgTotal organic carbon

CdisDissolved organic carbon

NtotTotal nitrogen

NH4–NAmmonium nitrogen

NO3–NNitrate nitrogen

KextExtractable potassium

CaextExtractable calcium

NaextExtractable sodium

PextExtractable phosphorus


DHADehydrogenase activity

BGAβ-Glucosidase activity

APAAlkaline phosphatase activity

ASAArylsulphatase activity

CEACellulase activity

URAUrease activity

CmicMicrobial biomass carbon

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Author: M. Karthikeyan - S. Gajalakshmi - S. A. Abbasi

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