Henry, Odelley L.; Ahmad, Mohammed H
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Compost produced by rapid biofermentation: Its effect on the growth responses of tomato (lycopersicon esculentum) and pumpkin (curcubita maxima)
Jamaican Journal of Science and Technology
Date of Publication
Also published by Jamaican Institute for Scientific &Technological Information & Knowledge (JISTIK) and Scientific Research Council (SRC)
Compost from animal waste, produced by rapid biofermentation in Jamaica, was chemically and biochemically characterized. Its agronomic value as a fertilizer was examined in green-house and field studies. The compost contained the major macro and micro-nutrients that are essential for plant growth and development. It contains biochemical growth promoting compounds such as humic acids, auxins and gibberellic acids. In green-house studies with tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), the compost induced more than 50% increase in plant size and stimulated early flowering compared to the untreated plant. There was significant (p = 0.01) increase in shoot dry weight, shoot nitrogen and shoot phosphorus content. In the field study, the compost induced twenty (20) folds more pumpkin (Curcubita maxima) fruit compared to the untreated plant.....