What is it about?

We investigate on the effect of Spent Mushroom Compost (SMC), by-product of mushroom cultivation, as an organic fertilizer on German chamomile (Matricaria recutita L.) nutrient, growth, yield and essential oil.

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Why is it important?

Low fertility of soils is one of the most important problems for agricultural activities, especially in countries such as Iran where the majority of their soils are poor in nutrition and organic matters. One option to access this problem is the use of compost as fertilizer to improving soil and managing organic waste.


Finding of results revealed that usage of SMC in the growing media increased significantly plant growth, flower yield, essential macro nutrient uptake, sodium concentration as well as essential oil percentages in compared to control. Regarding important role of SMC on the essential oil yield, we can consider SMC could be a suitable substitute for chemical fertilizers as environmentally friendly material in cultivation medicinal plant German chamomile.

Dr Haideh Vahid Afagh
Science and research branch, Azad university,Tehran,Iran

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This page is a summary of: Influence of Spent Mushroom Compost (SMC) as an Organic Fertilizer on Nutrient, Growth, Yield, and Essential Oil Composition of German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita L.), Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, February 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2019.1568450.
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