European policies are advocating a transition toward circular bio-economy, an economy aiming at reducing the dependence from fossil-based resources, limiting greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts. The aim of this paper is to assess the potential for circularity for bio-waste and related by-products, to highlight the role of compost and vermicompost in the circular bioeconomy and their use in the agricultural sector. Three different substrates were tested in the soilless cultivation of Salvia officinalis, a Mediterranean nutraceutical and healthy plant: vermicompost (40%), compost (40%) and peat (100%). The average values of the main biometric parameters were calculated and compared. Compost and vermicompost can be considered as sustainable peat alternative growing substrates.

Carlo Greco, Alessandro Agnello, Giulia La Placa, Michele Massimo Mammano, Kestutis Navickas (2019). Biowaste in a circular bioeconomy in Mediterranean area: A case study of compost and vermicompost as growing substrates alternative to peat. RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITÀ(2), 345-362 [10.3280/RISS2019-002-S1022].

Biowaste in a circular bioeconomy in Mediterranean area: A case study of compost and vermicompost as growing substrates alternative to peat

Carlo Greco
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2019-01-01

Abstract

European policies are advocating a transition toward circular bio-economy, an economy aiming at reducing the dependence from fossil-based resources, limiting greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts. The aim of this paper is to assess the potential for circularity for bio-waste and related by-products, to highlight the role of compost and vermicompost in the circular bioeconomy and their use in the agricultural sector. Three different substrates were tested in the soilless cultivation of Salvia officinalis, a Mediterranean nutraceutical and healthy plant: vermicompost (40%), compost (40%) and peat (100%). The average values of the main biometric parameters were calculated and compared. Compost and vermicompost can be considered as sustainable peat alternative growing substrates.
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Carlo Greco, Alessandro Agnello, Giulia La Placa, Michele Massimo Mammano, Kestutis Navickas (2019). Biowaste in a circular bioeconomy in Mediterranean area: A case study of compost and vermicompost as growing substrates alternative to peat. RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITÀ(2), 345-362 [10.3280/RISS2019-002-S1022].
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