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Promotion of leaf degradation by earthworms under laboratory conditions

Heijne, Dr. Bart; de Jager, Anton and de Jong, Peter Frans (2006) Promotion of leaf degradation by earthworms under laboratory conditions. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Organic materials were applied to leaves from organic apple trees. Then, leaves were fed to earthworms in a laboratory culture. The objective was to select materials which promote leaf degradation by earthworms and consequently reduce the inoculum pressure of apple scab in orchards. Used earthworms were fully grown and consequently no effect of the leaf treatments was found on earthworm weights. However, leaf consumption tended to be increased by addition of amino acids and beet pulp to leaves. For beet pulp, this was especially the case when the dose was increased from 1 to 5 % or when it was freshly applied.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 5: Protecting plant health
Deposited By: Heijne, Bart
ID Code:7499
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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