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The Biobrio 8(3 & 4), 2021

Vermicompost and Its Role in Growth of Lycopersicum esculentum Mill. (Tomato Plant)

Ansarul Haque, Smrity Prabha and Jyoti Kumar

ABSTRACT:

Excessive and indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides not only causes
environmental degradation but also deterioration of soil health, which results in decline in
crop productivity. Besides, it has health consequences for the human beings. Hence, organic
source of plant nutrition is gaining momentum in the last few decades. The use of vermicompost
in organic farming is gaining prominence these days as it helps in attaining higher productivity
without causing any harm to the environment. In the present work, we have used different
raw materials for the preparation of vermicompost such as cow dung, vegetable waste,
corrugated cardboard and straw. The vermicompost so prepared was applied on tomato plant
(Lycopersicum esculentum Mill.). The treated tomato plant was found to record healthier growth
(with higher yield) as compared to control plant.

Keywords:    Vermicompost, organic farming, tomato, t-test, Environment



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