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Asian Journal of Plant Sciences
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 360-367
DOI: 10.3923/ajps.2008.360.367
 
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Vermicomposting Leachate (Worm Tea) as Liquid Fertilizer for Maize (Zea mays L.) Forage Production

Garcia-Gomez Roberto Carlos, Luc Dendooven and Gutierrez-Miceli Federico Antonio

Abstract:
We investigated how dilution of vermicompost Leachate combined with different concentrations of NPK triple 17 fertilizer and polyoxyethylene tridecyl alcohol as dispersant and polyethylene nonylphenol as adherent to increase efficiency of fertilizer uptake, affected maize plant development. The vermicomposting leachate with pH 7.8 and electrolytic conductivity 2.6 dS m-1, contained 834 mg K+ L-1, 247 mg NO3-1 L-1 and 168 mg PO43 L-1, was free of pathogens and resulted in a 65% germination index. Vermicompost Leachate diluted to 50% and mixed with 170 g L-1 NPK resulted in the best maize plant development while the dispersant and adherent had no significant effect. It was found that vermicompost leachate stimulated plant development when diluted, but fertilization with NPK was required for maximum growth.
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How to cite this article:

Garcia-Gomez Roberto Carlos, Luc Dendooven and Gutierrez-Miceli Federico Antonio, 2008. Vermicomposting Leachate (Worm Tea) as Liquid Fertilizer for Maize (Zea mays L.) Forage Production. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 7: 360-367.

DOI: 10.3923/ajps.2008.360.367

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajps.2008.360.367

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