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Nematode community during composting and its potential as indicator of compost maturity

Hanne Steel (UGent) , Tom Moens (UGent) , David Buchan (UGent) , Wouter Houthoofd (UGent) , Stefaan De Neve (UGent) and Wim Bert (UGent)
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Composting is the heat-producing, aerobe disintegration of organic materials by several organisms which make up a complex and rapidly changing community. Although there has recently been growing interest in the biology of compost, the fauna of compost remains largely unknown. This study examines nematodes as potential representatives of compost biology and quality, mainly focusing on the taxonomical composition and the succession of the nematode community during the composting process. Next to the nematode community, these data were complemented with non-nematode biotic data, i.e. fungal and bacterial biomass and their ratio, obtained by performing PLFA (Phospholipid Fatty Acid) analyses. The succession and the trophic structure of the nematode community during the composting process linked to several abiotic variables (temperature, pH and moisture) are presented. The relation between the nematode community and the succession of their microbial food resource is discussed and finally two nematode based indices (f/b ratio and Maturity Index (MI)) are evaluated as potential indicators of compost maturity.

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Steel, Hanne, Tom Moens, David Buchan, Wouter Houthoofd, Stefaan De Neve, and Wim Bert. 2010. “Nematode Community During Composting and Its Potential as Indicator of Compost Maturity.” In European Society of Nematologists, 30th International Symposium, Abstracts, 20–20.
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Steel, Hanne, Moens, T., Buchan, D., Houthoofd, W., De Neve, S., & Bert, W. (2010). Nematode community during composting and its potential as indicator of compost maturity. European Society of Nematologists, 30th International symposium, Abstracts (pp. 20–20). Presented at the 30th International symposium of the European Society of Nematologists.
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Steel H, Moens T, Buchan D, Houthoofd W, De Neve S, Bert W. Nematode community during composting and its potential as indicator of compost maturity. European Society of Nematologists, 30th International symposium, Abstracts. 2010. p. 20–20.
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Steel, Hanne, Tom Moens, David Buchan, et al. “Nematode Community During Composting and Its Potential as Indicator of Compost Maturity.” European Society of Nematologists, 30th International Symposium, Abstracts. 2010. 20–20. Print.
@inproceedings{1996081,
  abstract     = {Composting is the heat-producing, aerobe disintegration of organic materials by several organisms which make up a complex and rapidly changing community. Although there has recently been growing interest in the biology of compost, the fauna of compost remains largely unknown. This study examines nematodes as potential representatives of compost biology and quality, mainly focusing on the taxonomical composition and the succession of the nematode community during the composting process. Next to the nematode community, these data were complemented with non-nematode biotic data, i.e. fungal and bacterial biomass and their ratio, obtained by performing PLFA (Phospholipid Fatty Acid) analyses. 
The succession and the trophic structure of the nematode community during the composting process linked to several abiotic variables (temperature, pH and moisture) are presented.
The relation between the nematode community and the succession of their microbial food resource is discussed and finally two nematode based indices (f/b ratio and Maturity Index (MI)) are evaluated as potential indicators of compost maturity.},
  author       = {Steel, Hanne and Moens, Tom and Buchan, David and Houthoofd, Wouter and De Neve, Stefaan and Bert, Wim},
  booktitle    = {European Society of Nematologists, 30th International symposium, Abstracts},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Vienna, Austria},
  pages        = {20--20},
  title        = {Nematode community during composting and its potential as indicator of compost maturity},
  year         = {2010},
}