Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Biology

Title

Evaluation of thermophilic fungal consortium for organic municipal solid waste composting

Language

English

Abstract

Influence of fungal consortium and different turning frequency on composting of organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) was investigated to produce compost with higher agronomic value. Four piles of OFMSW were prepared: three piles were inoculated with fungal consortium containing 5. l each spore suspensions of Trichoderma viride, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus and with a turning frequency of weekly (Pile 1), twice a week (Pile 2) and daily (Pile 3), while Pile 4 with weekly turning and without fungal inoculation served as control. The fungal consortium with weekly (Pile 1) turning frequency significantly affected temperature, pH, TOC, TKN, C/N ratio and germination index. High degradation of organic matter and early maturity was observed in Pile 1. Results indicate that fungal consortium with weekly turning frequency of open windrows were more cost-effective in comparison with other technologies for efficient composting and yield safe end products. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords

Composting, Fungal consortium, Inoculation, Organic fraction of municipal solid waste, Turning frequency

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Bioresource Technology

Volume

168

Start Page

214

End Page

221

Publisher

Elsevier

DOI

10.1016/j.biortech.2014.01.048

ISSN (print)

09608524

ISSN (electronic)

18732976

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