Applied and Environmental Soil Science

Status, Trends, and Advances in Earthworm Research and Vermitechnology


Publishing date
01 Jan 2010
Status
Published
Submission deadline
01 Sep 2009

1Department of Biotechnology, VMKV Engineering College, Vinayaka Missions University, Salem 636-308, Tamil Nadu, India

2Department of Entomology, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore 560-065, Karnataka, India

3Department of Biology, Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhigram 624-302, Tamil Nadu, India

4Department of Crop Science and Technology, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi 6205, Bangladesh

5Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, Center of Basic Sciences, Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, 20100 Aguascalientes, Mexico


Status, Trends, and Advances in Earthworm Research and Vermitechnology

Description

Charles Darwin's observation on earthworms is a milestone in understanding the soil biology and an enormous contribution to some aspects of the genesis of humus and of its role in soils. Earthworms are perhaps the best known of all soil inhabiting animals commonly called “friends of farmers” due to the beneficial role that they play in soil. The research on earthworms has gained a lot of priority in India as well as in other countries. In 1981, an international symposium entitled Earthworm Ecology: Darwin to Vermiculture was held at Cumbria, UK, to commemorate the centenary celebration of Darwin's book The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms, With Observations on Their Habits that was published in 1881 by Murray, London, UK. In 2000, another international workshop and symposium was held at Kalamazoo, USA, to understand the progress achieved in this field after the 1991 meeting called Vermillenium. Exhaustive research works have been conducted and are being conducted on the significant role of earthworms and vermitechnology all over the world. Presently, there exists lacuna in providing complete, collective, and up-to-date knowledge and recent trends in earthworm research and vermitechnology. With the increasing concern toward this subject and the accessibility of more new researches in the future, the knowledge of status, trends, and advances in earthworm research and vermitechnology is highly relevant to the new research directions in the field worldwide.

We invite authors to present review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts in defining the role of earthworms and vermitechnology in sustainable environmental management and other related issues. The topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Ecology, diversity, and biogeography of earthworms
  • Role of earthworms in soil nutrient dynamics
  • Earthworms as soil indicators
  • Toxicity testing and assessment using earthworms
  • Earthworm-microbe interaction
  • In situ vermiculture
  • Vermitechnology and waste management
  • Utilization of vermicompost in horticulture, agriculture, and so forth
  • Bioethical and biosafe usage of vermitechnology

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 962726
  • - Editorial

Status, Trends, and Advances in Earthworm Research and Vermitechnology

Natchimuthu Karmegam | Radha D. Kale | ... | Martín Gerardo Rodríguez
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 737096
  • - Research Article

The Effect of Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris L.) Population Density and Soil Water Content Interactions on Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agricultural Soils

Andrew K. Evers | Tyler A. Demers | ... | Naresh V. Thevathasan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 830853
  • - Review Article

Effect of Soil Physical State on the Earthworms in Hungary

Marta Birkas | Laszlo Bottlik | ... | Márton Jolánkai
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 784342
  • - Review Article

Can We Predict How Earthworm Effects on Plant Growth Vary with Soil Properties?

Kam-Rigne Laossi | Thibaud Decaëns | ... | Sébastien Barot
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 678360
  • - Review Article

Effects of Pesticides on the Growth and Reproduction of Earthworm: A Review

Shahla Yasmin | Doris D'Souza
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 414356
  • - Review Article

The Role of Earthworms in Tropics with Emphasis on Indian Ecosystems

Radha D. Kale | Natchimuthu Karmegam
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 726946
  • - Review Article

Heavy Metal-Induced Oxidative DNA Damage in Earthworms: A Review

Takeshi Hirano | Kazuyoshi Tamae
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 823047
  • - Review Article

Charles Darwin's Observations on the Behaviour of Earthworms and the Evolutionary History of a Giant Endemic Species from Germany, Lumbricus badensis (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae)

U. Kutschera | J. M. Elliott
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 323640
  • - Research Article

Earthworms and Plant Residues Modify Nematodes in Tropical Cropping Soils (Madagascar): A Mesocosm Experiment

Cécile Villenave | Bodo Rabary | ... | Eric Blanchart
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 294258
  • - Review Article

Earthworm Protease

Rong Pan | Zi-Jian Zhang | Rong-Qiao He
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