Bioresource Technology 249 (2018) 182–188 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Bioresource Technology journal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/biortech Chinese medicinal herbal residues as a bulking agent for food waste composting a a,b a, Ying Zhou , Ammaiyappan Selvam , Jonathan W.C. Wong Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment and Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Department of Plant Science, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli 627 012, Tamil Nadu, India GR APHICAL A BSTRACT ARTICLE I NFO ABSTRACT Keywords: This study aimed to co-compost Chinese medicinal herbal residues (CMHRs) as the bulking agent with food Food waste waste (FW) to develop a high value antipathogenic compost. The FW, sawdust (SD) and CMHRs were mixed at Compost three diﬀerent mixing ratios, 5:5:1, 2:2:1 and 1:1:1 on dry weight basis. Lime at 2.25% was added to the Chinese medicinal herbal residues composting mix to buﬀer the pH during the composting. A control without lime addition was also included. The Bulking agent mixtures were composted in 20-L in-vessel composters for 56 days. A maximum of 67.2% organic decomposition Maturity was achieved with 1:1:1 mixing ratio within 8 weeks. The seed germination index was 157.2% in 1:1:1 mixing
Bioresource Technology – Elsevier
Published: Feb 1, 2018
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