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Go Worms Go!

July 17, 2009

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Can worms compete with giant chemical companies in the production of quality fertilizer compost?  Bryan Shupe, a graduate student in Plant and Soil Science, states, "It takes four pounds of raw material to make a pound of compost, and worms can break down a pound of food waste in 24 hours."  Shupe is working in conjunction with Dr. Alan Walters, vegetable expert, to determine the impact of growing tomatoes in soil enriched with vermicompost (compost made by worms).