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Effect of enriched municipal solid waste compost application on soil available macronutrients in the rice field



Effect of enriched municipal solid waste compost application on soil available macronutrients in the rice field



Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science 53(5): 497-506



A study was conducted in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India, to transform the normal compost into bioactive compost, which has multiple benefits to the crop system. The key players in this transformation process were Azotobacter sp., Pseudomonas sp., Phosphobacteria sp. and the waste materials like poultry litter and spent wash. This enrichment process increases both the quality and nutrient content of the municipal solid waste compost significantly. A study was carried out to evaluate the effect of application of different levels of enriched municipal solid waste compost on the availability of the macronutrient content to the rice field soil. The effect of enriched compost on soil available nutrients was significant. The soil ammonium nitrogen and soil nitrate nitrogen content was found to be high in the plots where the enriched compost was applied along with inorganic fertilizer with the values of 38.87 mg kg(-1) and 32.87 mg kg- 1, respectively. In addition, the availability decreased towards crop growth. The soil available P and K were also increased with enriched compost application to about 22.46 kg ha (-1) and 647 kg ha(-1) compared with control values of 19.44 kg ha(-1) and 518 kg ha(-1), respectively. Both phosphor-us and potassium content decreased towards advancement of crop growth.

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DOI: 10.1080/03650340701581479


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