Vermiculture - Vermicomposting, Organic Farming, Resource Management, Sustainability

Slide 1: Red wigglers: Eisenia fetida (top) and Eisenia andrei (bottom)

Slide 2: E. fetida (left) mating with E. andrei (right) and produce unfertile cocoons

Slide 3: Two handful or 2 bowls about ~500 compost worms (about 1 lb of compost worms E. andrei including bedding) 

Slide 4: Compost worm cocoons

Slide 5: Vermicompost or worm castings

Slide 6: Life cycle 

Slide 7: Strategies

Slide 8: Types of wastes

Slide 9: Methods

Slide 10: Intensive vermiculture - Java

Slide 11: Intensive vermiculture - the Netherlands

Slide 12: Prototype continuous flow digester - small scale 

Slide 13: Prototype continuous flow digester - medium scale

Slide 14: Prototype continuous flow digester - indoor

Slide 15: Trial vermicompost on cucumbers - aboveground

Slide 16: Trial vermicompost on cucumbers - belowground 

Slide 17: Trial vermicompost teas on "Ruby Streaks" mustard greens

Slide 18: Trial vermicompost teas on seedling of mustard greens

Slide 19: Trial vermicompost on leaf production of mustard greens

Slide 20: Trial vermicompost on flowering of mustard plants

Slide 21: Trial vermicompost on pod/seed production of mustard plants

Slide 22: Trial vermicompost teas on asexual reproduction of roses (soft-hardwood)

Slide 23: Trial vermicompost on sexual reproduction of roses

Slide 24: Trial vermicompost on sexual reproduction of red azalea

Slide 25: Vermicompost for bioremediation of oil contaminated soil - soybeans

Slide 26: Vermicompost for bioremediation of oil contaminated soil - wheats

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Earthworms called ‘earth’s guts’ that grow spontaneously in mud and in humid ground; …especially where there is decayed matter…

Aristotle (350 B.C.) The History of Animals.

Why did Aristotle call earthworms the "earth's guts"?

It's because earthworms act like intestines by processing the soil's organic matter and turning it into food for plants.