Volume No. 11 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 535-539 January-March 2017
EFFORTS FOR BIOMASS AND BIOFERTILIZER BY USING EARTHWORM Eudrilus eugeniae
More Sonal B.*1 and More B. C.2
1. M. G. V. M. College of Pharmacy, Panchavati, Nashik, Maharashtra (INDIA)
2. Department of Zoology, Karm. A. M. Patil Arts, Com. and Kai. N. K. Patil Science Sr. College, Dhule, Maharashtra (INDIA)
Received on : November 1, 2016
Soil under the Banyan tree is rich in microbes, which can improve the soil fertility. Similarly, earthworms are soil inhabiting organism and can do wonderful job for man and biosphere. The present study has been conducted to explore the possibility of compost to produce quality bio fertilizers and to study the effect of this microbe rich soil on growth and reproduction of earthworm. Soil of banyan tree, black cotton soil, one month old cow dung and grasses were collected locally. The black cotton soil, organic material and earthworm were kept as a control whereas banyan tree soil with organic material and worms etc were kept as experimental. Both the vermibeds where preserved for 90 days in the laboratory. After three month of experimental period, the growth and reproductive performance of earthworm, E. eugeniae was checked. The maximum number of worms, juveniles and cocoon were observed in the experimental vermibed as compare to control vermibed. It means earthworm’s activity is closely associated with microbial activity. Simultaneously vermicompost were subjected for analysis of total nutrient like N, P, K, Mg, Ca, Na, Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn. Except Mn, Cu and Ca all remaining nutrient content shown significant increased as compared to control bed. The results indicate that the soil under Banyan tree for vermicomposting can reduce the time of composting and produce rich biofertilizer and found to be good for the growth of earthworms biomass. It’s a feasible technology for earthworm growers, Pharmacist and farmers.
Keywords : Banyan tree, Vermibed, Organic material, Macronutrients, Micronutrients