Vermiculture Technology

Hi Everyone!

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:
Vermiculture Technology.

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.
Stay tuned!

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    • John Duffy
    • January 12, 2011

    Go Bentley! Well done!!! As far as tooting your own horn goes, here’s a bit of wisdom from an old sage I once worked for…”Don’t hesitate to blow your own horn. If you don’t, some (expletive deleted) will just use it for a spitoon.”…So, by all means bask in the glow. It’s not sinful pride but rather the warm fuzzies of recognition duly earned!
    On a side note, how’s your new little worm buddy getting along? He ought to be big enough by spring to buy him his own compost fork;)
    Need some more kid pics.
    Looks like I’m gonna be up even later at night now that you have my curiousity fired-up…Hmmm…Vermicomposting in Belarus, Russia, & Ukraine…Man, I haven’t even tapped the resources in Indiana…(YET)

    • Jeffy
    • January 12, 2011

    Thats a pretty cool acheivment Mr. Bentley on the book, congrats! ever since watching your videos and visiting your site this past year i have really gotten into worms and what they can do. now my business is dedicated to spreading the knowledge and imprtance of vermicomposting. thanks

    • Larry D.
    • January 13, 2011

    Man,you earned it! I’d build a lighthouse if i was you,from all the work you put into worms and composting!
    The only thing i was wondering is,since i type with a southern accent at times,does Clive type with an English accent? He He! That has got to be one cool guy to talk to!

  1. Bentley,

    HUGE accomplishment. Congratulations, you deserve it.

    • Jason
    • January 13, 2011

    That is awesome Bentley, well done. I’ll have a hard time convincing the wife that spending $100 on a worm book is money well spent. You should definately try to work a deal through your site.

    • Bentley
    • January 13, 2011

    Thanks very much, everyone! I’m certainly not letting it go to my head or anything, but it is kinda fun to see your name in print! haha

  2. Way to go Bentley.

    • philip gitonga
    • February 28, 2011

    please give the price, and availability of this boook in kenya. thank you

    • Bentley
    • February 28, 2011

    Not really sure, Phillip
    Your best bet will be to contact CRC Press and ask them.

    • Andy
    • April 22, 2011

    I just bought the book a week ago. I am almost done reading the whole book. What an excellent book on the commercial side of vermicomposting. Thanks, to the contribution to chapter 19 Bentley.

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