Evolution of enzyme activities and microbial populations during composting of cattle manure
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- Godden, B., Penninckx, M., Piérard, A. et al. European J. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. (1983) 17: 306. doi:10.1007/BF00508026
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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.