Sorry things have been so quiet as of late – haven’t quite bounced back from my holiday slumber I guess!
Today I wanted to let everyone know about a brand new vermicomposting/vermiculture book, published by CRC Press.
It’s actually been a project sitting on the backburner for quite a few years, as indicated by various contributions from those no longer involved in the field, but the content is absolutely stellar – especially if you are interested in the large-scale/commercial and/or academic research side of things.
Here are the chapter titles:
1) Introduction, Hostory, and Potential of Vermicomposting Technology
2) Relationships between Composting and Vermicomposting
3) Biology and Ecology of Earthworm Species Used for Vermicomposting
4) Discovery and Development of New Species for Vermiculture
5) The Microbiology of Vermicomposting
6) Small-scale School and Domestic Vermicomposting Systems
7) Low-Technology Vermicomposting
8 ) Medium- and High-Technology Vermicomposting Systems
9) The Potential of Vermicomposts as Plant Growth Media for Greenhouse Crop Production
10) The Use of Vermicomposts as Soil Amendments for Production of Field Crops
11) The Production of Vermicompost Aqueous Solutions or Teas
12) The Suppression of Plant Pathogens by Vermicomposts
13) Use of Aqueous Extracts from Vermicomposts or Teas in Suppression of Plant Pathogens
14) Suppression of Arthropod Pests and Plant Parasitic Nematodes by Vermicomposts and Aqueous Extracts from Vermicomposts
15) The Use and Effects of Aqueous Extracts from Vermicomposts or Teas on Plant Growth and Yields
16) Human Pathogen Reduction during Vermicomposting
17) Heavy Metals, Earthworms, and Vermicomposts
18) Quality Criteria for Vermicomposts
19) The Commercial Potential and Economics of Vermicomposting
20) The Production of Earthworm Protein for Animal Feed from Organic Wastes
21) The Use of Vermiculture for Land Improvement
22) The Potential of Earthworms Produced from Organic Wastes in Production of Pharmaceuticals
23) The Status of Vermicomposting in North America: A Rapidly Developing Technology
24) Vermicomposting for Business Institutions
25) New Developments and Insights on Vermicomposting in Spain
26) Vermiculture and Vermicomposting in the United Kingdom
27) Vermiculture in Australia and New Zealand: From Earthworm Production to Commercial Vermicomposting
28) Origins and Spread of Vermicomposting in India: Focus on Sustainable Agriculture
29) Vermiculture in the Philippines
30) The Status of Vermicomposting in Indonesia
31) Vermicomposting Projects in Hong Kong
32) Vermicomposting Research and Activities in Mexico
33) The Scope of Vermiculture in Cuba
34) Commercial Applications of Vermiculture in China
35) Progress in Vermicomposting in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine
Phew!! That took some typing, I gotta tell ya!
Those of you who know me well, know I tend not to be the type of guy to toot my own horn but…
(WARNING: imminent horn tooting!)
…I just can resist! lol
Last year I received an email from Dr. Clive Edwards (who had become a pretty good email friend by then) asking if I’d be interested in helping out with one of the chapters in the book. Let me point out right off the bat that I did NOT write the chapter – Jim Jensen deserves primary recognition for that. My job was basically to work through the content (which was written quite a number of years ago) and to help Dr. Edwards update/modernize it.
In all honesty, I protested the fact that he wanted to include my name at all, but he insisted (which meant that I was among those who received a free copy of the book as well) thus twisting my rubber arm into submission.
I won’t lie to you – this is NOT an inexpensive book (tends to be the case with high caliber academic publications)! The “regular” price is a whopping $119.95, unfortunately. I should mention, though, that they currently have an introductory special, if I’m not mistaken – $95.96 + Free shipping until January 21st. Only problem is that I don’t know how to access this deal – the regular price is the only one listed on the product page:
I was excited to see that they have an “eBook” version, but oddly enough it seems to be the same price (which completely baffles me, if that is indeed the case).
Anyway – I have been in communication with CRC editor, John Sulzycki, and am hoping to hear back about all this.