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Research Journal of Science and Technology
Year : 2017, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 288) Last page : ( 292)
Print ISSN : 0975-4393. Online ISSN : 2349-2988.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2988.2017.00052.3

Effect of different Adhatoda vasica leaves media on the growth and cocoon production of Eudrilus eugeniae

Thirumagal A., Deivanayaki M.*

PG and Research Department of Zoology, Government College for Women (Autonomous), Kumbakonam. 612 001, Tamil Nadu, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: drdeiva82@gmail.com

Online published on 18 September, 2017.

Abstract

The rate of cocoon production of adult earthworm, Eudrilus eugeniae kept in the 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100 PSR (Percent Substrate Ratio) media prepared from partly decomposed Adhatoda vasica leaves waste with soil for 30 days determined. The worms kept in 50, 75, and 100 PSR media for 30 days showed a gradual increase in their body weight up to 22 days thereafter, a gradual decline until the termination of this study. However, the worms kept in the same media 50, 75 and 100 PSR after 30 days showed an increased value in their body weight over their respective initial weight. On the contrary, all the worms kept in 0 and 25 PSR media showed a gradual decrease in their body weight until the termination of this study. The worms kept in soil alone for 30 days produced only 5 cocoons for the entire course of the study due to less organic matters in the medium. The worms in the PSR media for 30 days produced relatively more cocoons. Though than control, the worms in 75 PSR Adhatoda vasica leaves medium is considered to be a good medium for the culture of earthworm, Eudrilus eugeniae.

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Keywords

Vermiculture, Vermicompost, Adhatoda vasica (A. vasica)Eudrilus eugeniae, (E.eugeniae), Cocoon production, PSR (Percent Substrate Ratio).

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