Characterization of compost as affected by manipulation of C/N ratio

DOI: 10.18805/asd.v35i1.9309    | Article Id: D-116 | Page : 44-47
Citation :- Characterization of compost as affected by manipulation of C/N ratio .Agricultural Science Digest.2016.(36):44-47

Khalid M. A. Arbab and A.R. Mubarak*1  

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Department of Soil and Environment Sciences, University of Khartoum, Shambat 13314, Khartoum North, Sudan.

Submitted Date : 30-11-2015
Accepted Date : 5-02-2016


An aerobic composting experiment was conducted for 91 days in the laboratory of the Department of Soil and Environment Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Khartoum, Sudan to investigate the effects of three levels of C/N ratio on some physico-chemical properties of final compost from sheep manure (C/N 15.9), groundnut straw (C/N ratio 25.9) and their mixture (C/N ratio 18.3). Increase in C/N ratio of materials had consistently resulted in an increase in pH, increase of the final compost and the increase was 5, 36 and 68%, respectively. Total N, P, K, Mg, pH, WHC and bulk density were increased in final compost whereas organic C, lignin, polyphenol and C/N ration showed variable reduction. Characterization of final compost generally depends on initial C/N ratio of the materials used.


Aerobic compost C/N ratio Groundnut straw Sheep manure.


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