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compost-based nursery substrates: effect of peat substitution on organic melon seedlings

Tittarelli, Fabio; Rea, E.; Verrastro, V.; Pascual, J.A.; Canali, S.; Ceglie, F.G.; Trinchera, A. and Rivera, C.M. (2009) compost-based nursery substrates: effect of peat substitution on organic melon seedlings. Compost Science & Utilization, 17 (4), pp. 220-228.

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A bovine manure compost (BMC) and a green compost (GC) were evaluated as components of substrates in partial substitution of peat for organic melon seedlings production. Treatments, differentiated on the basis of the volume percentage of the two analysed composts, were compared to the control (a mixture of peat, coconut fibre and perlite). In order to respect the guidelines of organic production, all the treatments were fertilised, at the beginning of the trial, with guano. Compost-based substrates were analysed for physical, physicochemical and chemical parameters (bulk density, porosity, pH, EC, nutrients content etc.). Even though significant differences were observed, recorded values were in the range of acceptability for growing media. In terms of performance, seedling growth in treatments containing 30% and 50% of composts was significantly higher than in control.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:compost, melon seedlings, organic nursery, peat-substitution, growing media
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Crop husbandry > Greenhouses and coverings
Research affiliation: Spain > University of Murcia
Italy > IAMB Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Bari
Italy > CRA - National Council of Agricultural Research
Deposited By: Ceglie, F.G.
ID Code:19048
Deposited On:07 Jul 2011 09:33
Last Modified:11 Jul 2011 08:11
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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