Frontiers in Microbiology (Jan 2023)

Effects of microbial inoculant and additives on pile composting of cow manure

  • Qian Yang,
  • Qian Yang,
  • Shiqiu Zhang,
  • Xueping Li,
  • Xueping Li,
  • Kun Rong,
  • Jialiang Li,
  • Lihua Jiang,
  • Lihua Jiang

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 13


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Composting is an effective method of recycling organic solid waste, and it is the key process linking planting with recycling. To explore the reuse of agricultural organic solid waste as a resource in the Yellow River Delta, the effects of microbial inoculant and different additives (calcium superphosphate, biochar, tomato straw, rice husk, and sugar residue) on pile composting of cow dung were studied to obtain the best composting conditions. The results showed that microbial inoculant and additives all played positive roles in the process of aerobic composting, and the experimental groups outperformed the control groups without any additives. For discussion, the microbial inoculant promoted rapid pile body heating more than the recovery materials alone, and the effects on aerobic composting were related to the organic matter of substrates and biochar. After being composted, all the materials were satisfactorily decomposed. Degradation of additives into humic acid might serve as electron shuttles to promote thorough organic matter decomposition. These results provide a scientific basis data for industrial composting of organic solid waste processed by on-site stacking, and provide a reference for researcher and practitioners for studying the applications of microbial inoculant on aerobic composting.