International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
ISSN: 2319-7706 Volume 2 Number 7 (2013) pp. 202-206
Influence of temperature on growth and reproduction of earthworm Eudrilus eugeniae
K.Vasanthi1 , M.Senthilkumari1 , K.Chairman2 and A.J.A.Ranjit Singh2
1Department of Zoology, Sri Parasakthi College for Women, Courtallam, M.S.University, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India 2Department of Zoology, Sri Paramakalyani College, Alwarkurichi, M.S.University, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India-627 412. *Corresponding author e-mail:
Filter mud has significant fertilizer value but due to prohibitive cost of sludge disposal, it is dumped in open where it adversely affects the ambient environment. Conversion of industrial wastes in to beneficial vermicompost not only solves solid waste accumulation but also yield highly nutritive organic manure. Filter mud with cow dung were vermicompost by using the earthworm Eudrilus eugeniae in different temperature 23±1ºC, 26±1ºC and 29±1ºC. The earthworm growth, metabolism, reproduction and vermicomposting ability was high in TT2 reactor. Hence, the present study concludes that the growth and reproduction in earthworm is high in filter mud-cow dung mixture, when the reactor is kept at 26±1ºC.
Filter mud; Eudrilus eugeniae; vermiwash; vermicast; vermicompost.