a comparative study on vermicomposting of epicarp of fruits (pomegranate and sathukudi) using earthworm eisenia foetida

Research Article
*Chellachamy, V and Dinakaran, S
Vermicompost, Eisenia foetida, Punicagrantum balasta, Citrus sinensis, and Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba.

The trend of using inorganic fertilizers is on a boom amongst agricultural society, farmers are magnetized towards the short term advantages privileged by inorganic fertilizers, but they are unable to understand the ill effects these fertilizers on human health and soil fertility. Epicarp of pomegranate and citrus are throughout from fruit stall and market as waste. They are potential organic waste creating solid waste problem. They were compost using earthworm. Chemical composition of compost exhibited decrease of carbon content C: N ratio and increased content of nitrogen content, phosphorus content, pottossium content and calcium content. This paper aimed to find out the role of earthworm species E. foetida in the recycling of the epicarp of two wastes varieties like Pomegranate (Punicagrantum balasta) and Sathukudi (Citrus sinensis). This paper also studies the nutritional status of different vermicomposts processed by the earthworm E. foetida were analyzed and compared.