Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_120

A mixture of organic wastes, with or without an addition of soil, left to rot and used as an artificial manure for fertilizing or enriching land. The process of composting is aerobic. By contrast, fermentation would take place in such a mixture under anaerobic conditions (Schwedt, 2001, p174).


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