Nutrient Quality and Maturity Status of Frass Fertilizer from nine Edible Insects

Abstract:

Globally, there is growing interest to recycle organic waste using insect larvae into high-quality frass fertilizer through circular economy approach. This paper presents the first comparative report on the nutrient concentrations, fertilizing indices, nutrient supply potentials and compost maturity of nine edible insect frass fertilizers. Our results revealed that frass fertilizers from all the insect species had adequate concentrations and contents of macronutrients [nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K)], secondary nutrients (calcium, magnesium, and sulphur) and micro-nutrients (manganese,copper, iron, zinc, boron, and sodium). The fertilizing indices of the frass fertilizers were above 3.However, black soldier fly (BSF) frass fertilizer had significantly higher N (20–130%) and K (17–193%) concentrations compared to others. The P concentration of Gryllus bimaculatus frass fertilizer was 3–800% higher compared to those of frass fertilizers from other insect species. The potential N and K supply capacities of BSF frass fertilizer was 19–78% and 16–190% higher, respectively. The P supply capacity of cricket frass fertilizer was 17–802% higher compared to others. The highest seed gemination rate (> 90%) and germination index (267%) were observed in seeds treated with BSF frass fertilizer. Frass fertilizer obtained from the other eight insect species showed medium to high phytotoxicity. These findings demonstrate that insect frass fertilizers are promising alternatives to existing commercial fertilizers (i.e., mineral, and organic) for improved soil health and crop yield.
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APA

D, B (2024). Nutrient Quality and Maturity Status of Frass Fertilizer from nine Edible Insects. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/nutrient-quality-and-maturity-status-of-frass-fertilizer-from-nine-edible-insects

MLA 8th

D, Beesigamukama "Nutrient Quality and Maturity Status of Frass Fertilizer from nine Edible Insects" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/nutrient-quality-and-maturity-status-of-frass-fertilizer-from-nine-edible-insects. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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D, Beesigamukama . "Nutrient Quality and Maturity Status of Frass Fertilizer from nine Edible Insects". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 21 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/nutrient-quality-and-maturity-status-of-frass-fertilizer-from-nine-edible-insects >.

Chicago

D, Beesigamukama . "Nutrient Quality and Maturity Status of Frass Fertilizer from nine Edible Insects" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 21, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/nutrient-quality-and-maturity-status-of-frass-fertilizer-from-nine-edible-insects