A systematic approach to recycling organics for horticulture: comparing emerging and conventional technologies

Kochanek, J., Swift, R. S., Kochanek, M. A., Cox, J. and Flematti, G. R. (2016). A systematic approach to recycling organics for horticulture: comparing emerging and conventional technologies. In: R.L. Snyder, S. Ortega-Farias, W. R. Carlile, M. Raviv, M. Nichols, B. Clothier, I. Goodwin and R. Gentile, XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposia on Water, Eco-Efficiency and Transformation of Organic Waste in Horticultural Production. XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposia on Water, Eco-Efficiency and Transformation of Organic Waste in Horticultural Production, Brisbane, Australia, (327-334). 17-22 August, 2014. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1112.44


Author Kochanek, J.
Swift, R. S.
Kochanek, M. A.
Cox, J.
Flematti, G. R.
Title of paper A systematic approach to recycling organics for horticulture: comparing emerging and conventional technologies
Conference name XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposia on Water, Eco-Efficiency and Transformation of Organic Waste in Horticultural Production
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 17-22 August, 2014
Proceedings title XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): International Symposia on Water, Eco-Efficiency and Transformation of Organic Waste in Horticultural Production   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Year 2016
Year available 2016
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1112.44
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9789462611061
ISSN 0567-7572
Editor R.L. Snyder
S. Ortega-Farias
W. R. Carlile
M. Raviv
M. Nichols
B. Clothier
I. Goodwin
R. Gentile
Volume 1112
Start page 327
End page 334
Total pages 8
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Recycled organics: how best to use this resource? A three-year study took the first steps towards an answer by exploring emerging (biochar from pyrolysis) versus conventional (composting) processing technologies for their ability to convert recycled organics-city green waste and farm trash-into usable products that enhance horticultural productivity, with attendant carbon sequestration and environmental benefits. In this study, we compared organic products prepared from one common feedstock using four different technologies: windrow composting; a small mobile pyrolyser for on-farm processing; a medium pyrolyser for community or small business undertakings; and a large pyrolyser for high through-put requirements. The project then determined whether organic products enhance plant performance, are useable for horticulture and outperform or complement composting. This paper summarises some key outcomes from i) physical and chemical characterisation of organic products and ii) annual vegetable (tomato 'Rebel') and perennial fruit (blueberry 'Opi') field trials, thus providing the first step towards an understanding of the system from feedstock source to the farm.
Keyword Amendment
Annual
Biochar
Common feedstock
Compost
Perennial
Pyrolysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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