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Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Volume 2013, Article ID 581984, 8 pages
Review Article

Filter Cake and Vinasse as Fertilizers Contributing to Conservation Agriculture

Department of Soils and Fertilizers, Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, Via de Acesso Paulo Donato Castellane s/n, 14884-900 Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil

Received 9 April 2013; Revised 3 June 2013; Accepted 11 July 2013

Academic Editor: Philip J. White

Copyright © 2013 Renato de Mello Prado et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Utilising organic residues in agriculture contributes to the conservation of natural resources by recycling carbon and mineral elements. Organic residues produced by the sugar and alcohol agroindustries have great potential for use in conservation agriculture. The production of sugar and alcohol generates large quantities of byproducts, such as filter cake and vinasse, which can be used as soil improvers and substitutes for inorganic phosphorus and potassium fertilizers. However, the use of these residues in agriculture requires specific recommendations for each pedoclimatic condition to prevent environmental damage.