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REGULAR ARTICLE The effects of organic amendments on mineral element

The effects of organic amendments on mineral element
uptake and fruit quality of raspberries
Jennifer Hargreaves & M. Sina Adl &
Philip R. Warman & H. P. Vasantha Rupasinghe
Received: 5 March 2008 /Accepted: 9 April 2008 / Published online: 8 May 2008
# Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2008
Abstract The organic produce industry is gaining
popularity with consumers because of the perception
for healthier foods and the environmental benefits of
this agricultural practice. Common amendments in
organic agriculture include compost and compost tea,
the latter being a relatively new product in North
America. The main objective of this study was to
assess the effectiveness of ruminant and municipal
solid waste compost and compost teas made from
these composts on selected soil, leaf and fruit
parameters of raspberries. Generally, foliar compost
tea application was as effective as compost addition in
raspberry production. Concentrations of K in leaf and


Source: Adl, Sina - Department of Biology, Dalhousie University


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology