Liam Heneghan and Margaret Workman
In this microcosm study we examined the decomposition of horse manure in three substrates: potting soil, wood mulch, and sand. Microcosms consisted of a sample of horse manure placed in a small leachable chamber, containing one of the three substrates. Mulch promoted the greatest mass loss. Leachate collected by irrigating each microcosm with distilled water was used to germinate radish seeds. Only the leachate from microcosms in which manure decomposed in potting soil promoted greater radish radicle growth compared to the controls in which no manure was placed. The implications of these results for the design of a soil-based decomposing system – specifically “The BioShaft,” designed by Domenico D'Alessandro – are discussed.
Castaneda, Edwin J. and Vaughn, Caitlin
"Decomposition of Horse Manure (as a Surrogate for Human Feces) in Three Soil Media and the Implications of Manure Leachate for the Germination of Radish Seeds,"
DePaul Discoveries: Vol. 5
, Article 12.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/depaul-disc/vol5/iss1/12