Municipal solid waste compost amendment in agricultural soil: changes in soil microbial biomass
Reviews In Environmental Science and Bio-technology. Dordrecht: Springer, v. 9, n. 1, p. 41-49, 2010.
Ferreira de Araujo, Ademir Sergio
de Melo, Wanderley Jose
Singh, Rajeev Pratap
Agricultural application of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), as nutrient source for plants and as soil conditioner, is the most cost-effective option of MSW management because of its advantages over traditional means such as landfilling or incineration. However, agricultural application of MSW can lead to a potential environmental threat due to the presence of pathogens and toxic pollutants. Composting is an attractive alternative of MSW recycling. Application of MSW compost (MSWC) in agricultural soils can directly alter soil physicochemical properties as well as promote plant growth. The soil microbial biomass, considered as the living part of soil organic matter, is very closely related to the soil organic matter content in many arable agricultural soils. Numerous studies, with different MSWC amendment doses on different soil types and under different water regimes revealed no detrimental effect on soil microbial biomass. In this review, we show the state of art about the effects of MSWC amendment on soil microbial biomass.Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)