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Effect of composts on growth and on yield quality of two crops, in a organic experimental farm of Southern Italy

Verrastro, V.; El Hanafi Sebti, K.; Hewidy M. Ramadan, M.; Diacono, M.; Cocozza, C. and Miano, T. (2008) Effect of composts on growth and on yield quality of two crops, in a organic experimental farm of Southern Italy. Poster at: Cultivating the Future Based on Science: 2nd Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research ISOFAR, Modena, Italy, June 18-20, 2008.

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Summary

Soil management in Organic Agriculture (OA) aims to improve the soil fertility (SF) supplying exogenous Organic Matter (OM) with composted and not – composted material. Hence, a two-year field experiment was carried out on a experimental farm of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB) in Apulia Region, Italy, to evaluate the effects, on organically cultivated plant growth and quality (as nitrate accumulation – nitr), of Compost (Comp) also in comparison to commercial organic fertilizers. Our investigations, in particular, aimed to evaluate the influence of Comp on Broccoli crop (Brassica oleracea var. Italica) cultivar Canoe and two varieties of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum Mill var. Vespro and Multiplo). However, despite our broad results, more studies need to improve common knowledge about Comp effects especially for OA management.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Organic Agriculture; Compost; Nitrate Accumulation; Yield Quality, Broccoli,Tomato.
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: Research Track / ISOFAR > 8.2 Mediterranean crop production
Italy > IAMB Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Bari
Deposited By: Verrastro, Dr Vincenzo
ID Code:12568
Deposited On:12 Sep 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:This paper is published in the conference proceedings:
Neuhoff, Daniel; Halberg, Niels; Alfldi, Thomas; Lockeretz, William; Thommen, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Hermansen, John; Vaarst, Mette; Lck, Lorna; Carporali, Fabio; Jensen, Henning Hgh; Migliorini, Paola and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2008) .Cultivating the Future Based on Science. Proceedings of the Second Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), held at the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Consorzio ModenaBio, 18 . 20 June 2008 in Modena, Italy.. International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o IOL, DE-Bonn, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. http://orgprints.org/13672 and http://orgprints.org/13674

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