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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2019.8(1): 1290-1296
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.801.137


Vermicompost Technology and its Application in Forest Nursery Raising
Malik Asif1, A.H. Mughal1, Zaffar Mehdi1*, M.A. Malik1, Amjad Masood3, Showket Sideeque4, Saima Shafi1 and Bisma Rashid1
1Division of Basic Sciences & Humanities, FOA, Wadura, SKUAST-Kashmir, India
2KVK/ETC Malangpora, Pulwama SKUAST-K, India
3Division of Agronomy, FOA, Wadura, SKUAST-Kashmir, India
4Division of Agri-Stat and Economics, FOA, Wadura, SKUAST-Kashmir, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Vermicompost is a nutrient-rich, microbiologically-active organic amendment that results from the interactions between earthworms and microorganisms during the breakdown of organic matter. It is a stabilized, finely divided peat-like material with a low C:N ratio, high porosity and high water-holding capacity, in which most nutrients are present in forms that are readily taken up by plants. Earthworms act as mechanical blenders, and by fragmenting the organic matter they modify its physical and chemical status by gradually reducing the ratio of C:N and increasing the surface area exposed to microorganisms - thus making it much more favourable for microbial activity and further decomposition. The use of compost in forestry and horticulture has occasionally been shown to be limited by the high electrical conductivity and the excessively high amount of certain ions that cause phytotoxicity, as a consequence of the chemical properties of the initial waste and /or inadequate composting procedures. These adverse effects, although possible, are less likely to occur when vermicompost is used as a potting amendment especially for raising forest nurseries. Production of high quality forest tree seedlings in nurseries is very important as far as tree nurseries and farmers are concerned for reversing the current degradation of natural forests, woodlands and scrublands. Quality seedling production is the main objective of forest nursery but the slow growth of seedlings limits the high quality seedling production. Readiness of seed to germinate for further multiplication is much warranted and there is a need to optimize a growing media for high quality seedling production in tree nurseries. Slow growing nature of seedlings is the major limiting factor for successful seedling production in tree nurseries which can be enhanced by standardizing the appropriate growing medium with the addition of quality vermicompost.


Keywords: Forest, Nursery, Vermicompost, Technology
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Malik Asif, A.H. Mughal, Zaffar Mehdi, M.A. Malik, Amjad Masood, Showket Sideeque, Saima Shafi and Bisma Rashid. 2019. Vermicompost Technology and its Application in Forest Nursery Raising.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 8(1): 1290-1296. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.801.137