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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(10): 1042-1055
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.710.116


Potential of Vermicompost for Sustainable Crop Production and Soil Health Improvement in Different Cropping Systems
Anil Kumar*, C.H. Bhanu Prakash, Navjot Singh Brar and Balwinder Kumar
Farm Science Centre, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Tarn Taran, Punjab, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Role of vermicompost in nourishing agricultural crops has attracted the attention of researchers throughout the globe in past few decades. Vermicompost is the method of using earthworms to transform organic waste into nutrient rich compost. The earthworms’ casting is nutritive organic manure rich in humus, NPK, micronutrients, beneficial microbes, antibiotics, enzymes, growth hormones, etc. There are many reports in literature showing beneficial effects of imbedding vermicompost in soil. Application of vermicompost as organic manure in soil built-up organic carbon, improve nutrient status, enhance cation exchange capacity, microbial activities, microbial biomass carbon and enzymatic activities. The earthworms’ castings also have pest repellent attributes. Beside that vermicompost also improves soil structure, soil aggregation and improve water retention capacity.


Keywords: Earthworms, Plant growth, Vermicompost, Soil health, Soil structure
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Anil Kumar, C.H. Bhanu Prakash, Navjot Singh Brar and Balwinder Kumar. 2018. Potential of Vermicompost for Sustainable Crop Production and Soil Health Improvement in Different Cropping Systems.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(10): 1042-1055. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.710.116