Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management

Clive A. Edwards, Norman Q. Arancon, Rhonda L. Sherman

December 20, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 623 Pages - 134 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439809877 - CAT# K10494


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  • Defines the relationship between composting and vermiculture, highlighting their roles, and their differences and similarities
  • Discusses the many environmental benefits of vermiculture-based crop production
  • Covers low-, medium-, and high-technology earthworm composting systems
  • Examines the effects of vermicomposts on pest and disease control
  • Provides a basis for further scientific research into vermiculture technology and defines its long-term international potential
  • Includes case studies from regions such as Indonesia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Cuba, India, and the Philippines


Co-edited by international earthworm expert Clive A. Edwards, Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management is the first international, comprehensive, and definitive work on how earthworms and microorganisms interact to break down organic wastes on a commercial basis. Many books cover the importance of composting for reducing the amount of organic wastes in landfills. This reference focuses on innovative vermiculture technology that turns organic waste into a value-added environmentally friendly products that can improve soil fertility and productivity on a large scale.

Chronicles more than two decades of growth and changes in earthworm composting technology

Based on the work of an outstanding international cast of scientists, the book explores the dramatic growth and changes in vermiculture technology since 1988 and assesses advances made in government-funded projects in the United States and United Kingdom. The contributors discuss outdoor and indoor windrows, container systems, wedge systems, and low labor-requirement, fully-automated continuous flow vermicomposting reactor systems that can process more than 1000 tons of organic wastes per reactor per annum. They also highlight the science and biology behind the use and efficacy of vermicomposting, examine its importance to developing countries, and detail the technology of the past, present, and future.

Although the development of a range of vermicomposting technologies has been rapid and the spread of vermicomposting dramatic, the scientific literature remains scattered throughout a range of journals, newsletters, and online resources. As a compilation of information designed specifically to have an extended shelf life, this volume chronicles how vermiculture can be brought into full commercial and industrial development and find application in integrated waste management systems.