The production of a compost from olive wet husks is described. The process is enhanced through the use of starters prepared with virgin husks enriched with selected microbial cultures. This approach, with respect to composting without the use of starters, allows to achieve faster start of the process (10 vs. 45 days), deeper humification (humification rate 19.2 vs. 12.2), shorter maturation time (2 vs. 4–5 months) and better detoxification of the starting material. Furthermore, the compost produced can effectively substitute for turf as a cultivation substrate in horticulture at greenhouse level, with beneficial effects on nutraceutical traits of tomato fruits.

Microbially-enhanced composting of wet olive husks

CARDELLI, ROBERTO;BEDINI, STEFANO;INCROCCI, LUCA;CASTAGNA, ANTONELLA;AGNOLUCCI, MONICA;CRISTANI, CATERINA;RANIERI, ANNAMARIA;SAVIOZZI, ALESSANDRO;
2012

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The production of a compost from olive wet husks is described. The process is enhanced through the use of starters prepared with virgin husks enriched with selected microbial cultures. This approach, with respect to composting without the use of starters, allows to achieve faster start of the process (10 vs. 45 days), deeper humification (humification rate 19.2 vs. 12.2), shorter maturation time (2 vs. 4–5 months) and better detoxification of the starting material. Furthermore, the compost produced can effectively substitute for turf as a cultivation substrate in horticulture at greenhouse level, with beneficial effects on nutraceutical traits of tomato fruits.
Echeverria, M. C.; Cardelli, Roberto; Bedini, Stefano; Colombini, A.; Incrocci, Luca; Castagna, Antonella; Agnolucci, Monica; Cristani, Caterina; Ranieri, Annamaria; Saviozzi, Alessandro; Nuti, M.
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