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Dynamics of Biological Systems, Chapter 4: Modeling the Composting Process

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Chapter 4, Pages 4.1-4.64 (doi:10.13031/2013.34919) in Chapter 4, pp. 4.1-4.64 . Copyright 2003 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors:   John S. Cundiff and Kyle R. Mankin
Keywords:   Headings.4.1 Introduction, 4.2 The Composting Process, 4.2.1 Factors that Affect the Composting Process, 4.2.2 Changes in Materials During Composting, 4.2.3 Curing, 4.2.4 Determining a Composting Recipe,

First paragraphs. Composting is the biological decomposition of organic wastes under controlled conditions to a state where storage, handling, and land application can be achieved without adversely affecting the environment (Golueke, 1977). Organic materials, such as manure, sludge, leaves, paper, and food wastes, are converted into a soil-like material or humus. The product is free of unpleasant odors, is easily handled, and can be stored for long periods of time. Potting soil sold in sealed plastic bags at lawn and garden centers is a blend of several materials and generally includes some carefully cured compost.

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