Ecological And Morpho-Physiological Characteristics Of Corn (Zea Mays L.) Associated With Compost Curing
Ramez Farajallah Saad, Samar Talaat Kraidly, Ali Ahmad Kanso, Antoine Georges El Samrani, Veronique Antonios Kazpard, Ahmad Najib Kobaissi
Index Terms: Compost curing, enzymatic activity, morpho-physiological characteristics, microbial numbers, MSW compost, organic matter, Zea mays L.
Abstract: Municipal solid waste (MSW) compost is an ‘organic’ amendment that can act like inorganic fertilizers. This study aimed at evaluating the effect of further cured MSW compost on the growth and development of Zea may L. and characterizing the effect of curing on the soil microbial populations and enzymatic activities. The experimental design was a completely randomized block design with six treatments, the plant’s morpho-physiological characteristics were studied, and the microbial analyses were done for three different soil layers 0-10, 10-20 and 20-30 centimeter as well as for the rhizosphere. Data was submitted to statistical analysis using SPSS 17, where treatments with further cured compost showed a significant (P<0.05) increase in all the parameters investigated, and the level of 2.5% had the highest values, except for fungal populations, for both the microbial and enzymatic activities.
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