Project

Nematodes in vermicompost: roles as indicators of biological maturity, effects on soil food webs and potential as biological control agents

Duration
01 October 2015 → 30 September 2020
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • Ecology
    • Plant biology
    • Environmental science and management
    • Soil sciences, challenges and pollution
    • Other environmental sciences
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Agriculture, land and farm management
    • Horticultural production
    • Other agriculture, forestry, fisheries and allied sciences
Keywords
compost Vermicompost biological control Nematodes Soil ecology
 
Project description

This research will evaluate the potential of nematodes in vermicompost (composting via earthworm digestion) as an indicator of biological compost maturity. Also the effect of vermicompost on the soil and its interaction native soil fauna will be analyzed, this combined with entomopathogenic nematodes in both annual and perennial systems.