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Turning Up The Heat On Biomass Pretreatment Processes
2011-10-03 04:43:00

The nation's Renewable Fuels Standard calls for annual production of 36 billion gallons of biofuel by 2022. One of the biggest hurdles to achieving this goal lies in optimizing the multistep process involved in breaking down plant biomass and then converting it into fermentable sugars that can be refined into fuel for our transportation needs. To overcome this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy supports several projects focused on identifying enzymes from fungi and microbes such as...

2011-09-30 11:13:00

JUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthy plants begin with healthy soil. But what is healthy soil? Bio S.I. Technology, producer of beneficial microbes which restore, renew and rebuild soil, has spent years providing the solution to gardeners and home owners. They have helped transform the worst of soil conditions and know the answer lies with nature's tiniest helpers - micro organisms. Micro organisms such as fungi and bacteria help in the exchange of nutrients between roots...

2011-09-19 07:00:00

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Composting Council (USCC) is delighted to announce the hiring of Michael Virga as its new Executive Director, effective today. Mr. Virga, formerly the Executive Director of Forestry at the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), has been engaged in sustainability efforts throughout his thirty-year career. "Michael brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the USCC, as well as a seasoned...

2011-09-12 10:00:00

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Composting Council Board of Directors is pleased to announce a call for entries for its 2012 ICAW Poster Contest. The contest will run from September 15 until November 30, 2011 and is open to anyone who wants to help celebrate composting and promote the benefits of composting and compost use. The winning poster will serve as the 2012 International Compost Awareness Week promotional media piece. "The poster becomes a...

Invasion Of The Earthworms
2011-09-12 09:22:21

  Non-native earthworms are damaging hardwood forests [ View the Science Nation Video ] Think of earthworms and a few things come to mind: they make great bait for fishing, they aerate the soil, and they're an excellent addition to a compost pile. But what a lot of people don't know is many earthworms are actually invasive species. "The western Great Lakes region, which is the area we're focused on, has no native earthworms," says ecologist Cindy Hale, a research associate...

2011-09-01 15:30:39

Study shows humans to blame for spread of non-native species It is widely acknowledged that human beings are largely responsible for the widespread alteration of ecosystems on the planet. A recent study by Dara Seidl and Peter Klepeis of Colgate University in New York traces the ways in which humans are the principal agents of dispersal of exotic earthworms in the forests of Northern America. Their findings, published online in Springer's journal Human Ecology, suggest that humans spread...

2011-08-26 07:00:00

Speakers from around the globe presented their findings after using probiotics in a number of microbial environments, including agriculture, waste water treatment, commercial composting and consumer packaged goods. A proprietary blend of beneficial microorganisms was the key to their success. Kansas City, Missouri, USA (PRWEB) August 26, 2011 SCD Probiotics, a Kansas City-based manufacturer of probiotic products, concluded their third international conference on probiotic solutions for...

2011-08-11 10:30:00

RACINE, Wis., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Consider the apple core. From an environmental perspective, what's the most responsible way to dispose of it, or a banana peel, or any food waste? To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/50898-emerson-insinkerator-new-food-waste-study A new study about the impact of various food waste disposal systems has shown that putting it into a garbage disposer results in lower global warming...

2011-08-02 11:00:00

ALTOONA, Iowa, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- We've all heard of recycling bottles, cans, and newspapers. But what about recycling human waste? This radical concept, once embraced only by hippies, is now going mainstream thanks to the growing popularity of composting toilets. A composting toilet is an eco-friendly alternative toilet designed to recycle human waste into compost, or enriched garden soil. "We've seen a huge increase in homeowner inquiries about composting toilet systems,"...

2011-08-01 06:40:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GaiaRecycle(TM), LLC, an industry-leading global provider of organic waste recycling systems, today announced its plans to exhibit in the Organics Pavilion (Booth 881) at the WASTECON 2011 show, Aug. 23-25 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville. GaiaRecycle will display one of its stainless steel modular recycling systems to highlight the "turn-key" operational features and robust design of the GaiaRecycle product line...


Latest composting Reference Libraries

Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Redworm, Eisenia fetida
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The redworm (Eisenia fetida), also known as the brandling worm, the tiger worm, the panfish worm, the trout worm, or the California worm, is a species of earth worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. This species is native only to Europe, but it has been introduced into every country, excluding Antarctica, for vermicomposting purposes. Unlike other species of worm, the redworm does not prefer to reside in soil. It can be found in manure, rotting vegetation, and compost. The...

Plasticulture
2013-04-01 12:21:33

The term plasticulture is in reference to the practice of utilizing plastic materials in agricultural applications. The plastic materials themselves are frequently and broadly referred to as “ag plastics.” Plasticulture ag plastics can include soil fumigation film, nursery pots and silage bags, irrigation drip tape or tubing, but the term is most frequently used to describe all kinds of plastic plant and soil coverings. Such coverings range from plastic mulch film, high and low...

Vermicompost
2013-03-20 16:04:22

Vermicompost is composting with the use of special earthworms. Red wigglers and white worms are the more common worms used, although European night crawlers can be used as well. Red wigglers can be found living in manure piles and in rotting vegetation and adapt the best in covered worm bins. Common earthworms burrow deeply and are not recommended for use in compost bins. Blue worms are commonly used in the tropics. Worms are used to decompose vegetable and food waste along with bedding...

Compost
2013-03-03 07:19:30

Image Caption: Compost barrel with compost and tools. Credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia Compost is fertilizer made from decomposed organic matter that is then tilled directly into the soil or used as an additive when transplanting seedlings. Composting can be very simplistic or complex, depending on the amount of compost needed. Compost is widely used in organic farming because of its high nutrient content and natural pesticide abilities. Composting is simply piling, systematically,...

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