Role of the earthworm, Eisenia foetida, in affecting organic matter decomposition in microcosms of sludge-amended soil.

M. J. Mitchell, C. M. Parkinson, W. E. Hamilton, D. L. Dindal

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Abstract

Microcosms amended with sludge had an exponential decline in carbon mineralization without E. foetida. Decreased rates of sludge decomposition were arrested by E. foetida. Labile constituents of sludge were converted to earthworm biomass and respiration. The increase in biomass accelerated sludge stabilization which reduces odours and pathogens. Earthworm activity dispersed the sludge within the soil. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-812
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Ecology
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology

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