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Book chapter, 2016

Hygienization aspects of composting

Termorshuizen, A.J.; Alsanius, Beatrix;


• Compost use in agriculture always brings about the risk of introducing plant and human pathogens.

• The backbone of the hygienization process consists of temperature, moisture content and chemical compounds formed during composting and activity of antagonists.

• Compost produced by proper composting, i.e. a process that produces high temperatures during asufficiently long thermophilic phase can be applied safely.

• Farmers should invest in good relationships with compost producers.


decontamination, human pathogens, plant pathogens, phytosanitary risks, quarantine, risks,

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Book title: Handbook for composting and compost use in organic horticulture
ISBN: 978-94-6257-749-7
Publisher: BioGreenhouse

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Termorshuizen, A.J.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biosystems and Technology

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