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Bioresour Technol. 2009 Nov;100(22):5454-60. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2008.12.007. Epub 2009 Jan 20.

Utilisation of manure composts by high-value crops: safety and environmental challenges.

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Department Agrochemistry and Environment, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, EPS-Orihuela, Orihuela, Alicante, Spain.


The intensification in livestock production has increased the need of efficient treatments of waste streams especially to preserve as much as possible, the nutrients into the soil-plant system. Composting is a cheap, efficient and sustainable treatment for solid wastes that is always included in any manure treatment scenario. In this paper, an overview about the environmental and safety challenges of composting of manures is made considering the compost quality requirements established by the main demanding sectors. Co-composting and additive strategies are presented as feasible options for the improvement of compost quality. For quality evaluation of manure compost, the use of both classical and innovative instrumental techniques could increase our knowledge about added properties in compost, especially those related to organic matter stability.

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