Evolution of enzyme activities and microbial populations during composting of cattle manure

  • Bernhard Godden
  • Michel Penninckx
  • André Piérard
  • Robert Lannoye
Evironmental Microbiology

DOI: 10.1007/BF00508026

Cite this article as:
Godden, B., Penninckx, M., Piérard, A. et al. European J. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. (1983) 17: 306. doi:10.1007/BF00508026

Summary

Population changes in the levels of mesophilic and thermophilic fungi and actinomycetes were studied during composting of cattle manure.

Activities of urease, phosphatase, and cellulase were also followed. The results obtained in a bench-scale composter were compared with those obtained during pile-composting. The consequences of disturbances in the composting process were studied during a bench-scale operation. Our results indicate the potential usefulness of enzyme measures as indexes of accuracy of real composting.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Godden
    • 1
  • Michel Penninckx
    • 1
  • André Piérard
    • 1
  • Robert Lannoye
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Microbiologie, Faculté des SciencesUniversité Libre de Bruxelles, et Institut de Recherches du Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherches des Industries Alimentaires et ChimiquesBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physiologie Végétale, Institut de BotaniqueUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium

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