Journal of Applied and Natural Science 2(2):305-312(2010)
Biocomposting of extracted peppermint plant residue (Mentha piperita) using red worm, Eisenia fetida and its effect on the growth of Vigna mungo (Urad)
Satyendra M. Singh*, Geeta R. Gangwar, Om Prakash and Rachna
Vermiculture and Environmental Research Laboratory, Vermiculture and Vermicomposting Centre, Department of Animal Science, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University, Bareilly-243 006 (U.P.), INDIA
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Abstract : The study on biocomposting of extracted peppermint plant residue, Mentha piperita using red worms, Eisenia fetida on the growth of Vigna mungo (Urad) showed that the wormstransformed 1:3 waste: dung medium into bio-compost one week earlier from 1:1 and two weeks earlier from 3:1 media. Rate of reproduction of worms was recorded 2.5 times faster in 1:3 medium than that of 3:1 and the number of earthworms was counted 2.09 times more in 1:3 waste: dung medium than that of 3:1. It was noticed that the bio-compost transformed from 1:3 waste: dung medium when mixed with soil in 1:3 ratio and used as growing medium, showed the maximum shoot length of V. mungo (28.2 cm) and the minimum (24.3 cm) when it was transformed from 3:1 (waste: dung) medium and used in 1:1 ratio of vermicompost and soil. Results were discussed in the light of known data.
Keywords : Peppermint, Mentha piperita, Bio-composting, Red worm, Eisenia fetida, Vigna mungo