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Compost and digestate: sustainability, benefits, impacts for the environment and for plant production

Proceedings of the international congress CODIS 2008. February 27-29, 2008, Solo

This proceedings volume contains the papers presented at the CODIS 2008 congress held on 27 - 29 February 2008 in Solothurn (Switzerland). The composting and digestion of biogenic waste materials and the subsequent application of compost and digestate to soil contributes to nutrient recycling and renewable energy production. Moreover, compost and digestate can improve soil fertility and suppress plant diseases. On the other hand, compost and digestate may also contain a variety of pollutants hazardous to soil, such as heavy metals and organic contaminants. Compost and digestate have been thoroughly investigated in the framework of two associated projects entitled "Organic Pollutants in Compost and Digestate in Switzerland" and "Effects of Composts and Digestate on the Environment, Soil Fertility and Plant Health". These projects yielded new insights into the properties of compost and digestate, mainly with regard to biological parameters and the occurrence of both "classic" and "emerging" organic pollutants. The CODIS 2008 congress was the final event of these two projects. This publication is only available for download as the printed version is sold out. For more information about the congress see www.codis2008.ch.

Pages 325
Authors Editors; Jacques G. Fuchs, Thomas Kupper, Lucius Tamm & Karina Schenk
Publisher(s) FiBL (Hrsg.)
Year of publication 2008
Edition 1st edition
Publication Format Report
Language English
ISBN 978-3-03736-016-3
Order no. 1495
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