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November 04, 2013

2013-11-04 MP3 file
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This is the UH Hilo report. News about people, events and programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

An associate professor at the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management has pioneered research that utilizes earthworm-worked soil amendments. Vermicomposting, has been credited with increasing the growth, flowering and yields for a wide variety of plants including marigolds, bell peppers, tomatoes and strawberries.

Dr. Norman Arancon says the organic materials improve soil health, while helping to suppress plant diseases and arthropod pests that commonly attack plants. He also found an additional benefit in the water extracts, called vermicompost teas which appear to produce similar results.

Arancon plans to employ his research on more pressing pest and disease problems associated with critical crops like coffee and organic ginger. He believes the technology can also be applied to hydroponics and aquaponics and could help achieve greater food security if produced on a large enough scale, while reducing our dependence on fuel-based fertilizers and pesticides.

For more news about the University, visit hilo.hawaii.edu. That’s the UH Hilo Report. I’m Ken Hupp.

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