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Purdue-Made Soil Benefits The Environment

... down the organic material, is supplied by a local composting operation. The main uses for the soil are for recl...hey compost for at least three months. "During the composting process, bacteria eat their way through these piles and digest the organic materials. The materials ...

Roadsides Benefit From Waste, UF Researchers Say

...alt from crumbling. He said the news that roadside composting looks promising is welcome. "Importing topsoil and adding fertilizer is very costly, so this alternative will be a big help," Henry said. "This will save money, improve the grass and eliminate a landfill problem by reusing a material that still has s...

Scientists Sift Through Trash In Search Of Perfect Landfill

...natives for years, includingstudies of large-scale composting alternatives, Pettigrew says. But so far,municipalities have been reluctant to try other methods because landfills remainthe cheapest alternative. Using information from this study, Ham has started a new project to design"landfills of the future." In...

Composting Livestock Waste Provides Benefits

...uce. Purdue University researchers have found that composting waste from livestock operations can be an efficien...ch has 400 head of livestock. They have found that composting offers many advantages to livestock producers. "Before this we had to do a daily scrape and haul," H...

The Smell of Success

...ing adjustments in aeration and water levelsduring composting can help increase efficiency and also prevent odors, the studyconcludes. Uncontrolled odors are "one of the most difficult problems facing the compostingindustry," according to the report's lead author Jean VanderGheynst, Ph.D., anassistant professor...

Testing Restaurant Compost For Greenhouses

...echnology to heat greenhouses with energy from the composting reaction, and thecomposted food waste will provide...e calls trying to gaugethe businesses' interest in composting food scraps. "Some said 'absolutely not' and some said 'maybe,'" Clark reports. "But wefound seve...

Adding acetone to compost remediates chunk TNT contaminated soil

...h the explosive TNT. In some instances, the common composting method to clean the soil leaves small particles of...e main component of nail polish remover -- to this composting method, they can safely dissolve away the chunks and biologically degrade the TNT. Modifying a stand...

Purdue researchers clean up petroleum spills with plants

...ts. The EPA is treating other parts of the site by composting soil, land farming (adding nutrients to soil with tillage), or letting natural processes work to degrade the contaminants. During the next few years both EPA and Purdue will compare the cost and speed of each clean-up treatment. Banks' graduate stud...

Poorer farmers benefit most from organic practices

...way from intensive agrochemical usage in favour of composting has seen an increase in yields and in the range of crops it is possible to grow. * In Brazil, the use of green manures and cover crops has increased yields of maize by between 20 per cent and 250 per cent. * In the highlands of Bolivia, the use of bo...

Agronomy, Crops and Soils Annual Meetings' papers, symposia searchable online

...d golf courses Conservation from household waste composting to land management Science Education K-12 to the university level: how schools promote science in the classroom Media representatives and public information officers can apply to receive complimentary registration for access to all technical sessi...

Engineering a solution to waste crisis

...ey are finding that, by more actively managing the composting process, they can speed up the breakdown of organi...atened because of their use as a fertiliser." The composting project is one of many across several disciplines at Cardiff University dealing with the crisis of w...

Next best thing: wood chip bedding for cattle

...dding materials on greenhouse gas emissions during composting of manure had not been previously studied. Greenhouse gases are emitted during the composting process. While carbon dioxide makes up the majority of total emissions, the impact of methane and ni...

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