Decomposition of Organic Materials into High Value Compost for Sustainable Crop Productivity

  • Dinesh Kumar MaheshwariEmail author
  • Shrivardhan Dheeman
  • Mohit Agarwal
Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 3)


In developing countries, augmenting sustainable agriculture and up keeping of soil fertility with intensified agricultural practices which include use of organic and chemical fertilizer with their negative penalties, affect biodiversity of soil and contribute to agricultural soil quality decline. The application of compost aids agricultural sustainability by means of various processes like green manuring, leaf manuring, mulching and composting on attention of scientific community. Composting as microbial decomposition process bears community dynamics of various microbial genera hence, it is influenced by microbial population and balanced through their physiological activity. The understanding of the factors like temperature, pH, oxygen level etc. influencing decomposition of organic wastes and performance. These factors are the key issue over sustainable waste management practices on which the high value compost prepared by improved techniques and applied in soil recycling which was found productive for agricultural production.


Mulching Recycling Soil fertility Organic manure 


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  • Dinesh Kumar Maheshwari
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  • Shrivardhan Dheeman
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  • Mohit Agarwal
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  1. 1.Department of Botany and MicrobiologyGurukul Kangri UniversityHaridwarIndia

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