Dr. Siamak Shirani Bidabadi
Dr. Siamak Shirani Bidabadi
Isfahan University of Technology, Iran
Title: Waste management using vermicompost derived liquids in agriculture

The technology of vermicomposting containing their leachates, teas and other extracts such as vermiwash as a result of earthworm action is widely applied for safe management of agricultural, industrial, domestic and hospital wastes, remediation of polluted soils, improving agricultural productivity, crop protection against pests and diseases, and inducing the resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses is reviewed here, covering the recent years. The Vermicompost derived liquids have several advantages when used in agriculture. Contrary to the fact that chemical fertilizers are still widely used in agriculture, societies gradually become aware of the negative effects of these fertilizers on their health. Therefore, vermicompost derived liquids contain high amount of valuable plant nutrients which has the potential to be used as liquid fertilizer. This paper also reviews the potential of vermicompost derived liquids as foliar fertilizer and nutrient solution in hydroponic systems. Efficient combination of nutrient source of vermicompost derived liquids contributes to plant growth and act as a deterrent to biotic and abiotic stresses. 

Keywords: Bio-fertilizer, crop production, Organic waste management, Sustainable agriculture, vermicompost derived liquids

Dr. Siamak Shirani Bidabadi is working as a researcher and faculty member in the area of plant tissue culture, plant physiology and organic horticulture in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. Most of his research experiences are due to the many articles that have been published on the tissue culture of the banana in high valued journals like Plant Growth Regulation, Australian Journal of Crop Science, Plant Omics, Journal of Agricultural Science and Journal of Crop Science and Biotechnology, International Journal of Phytoremediation and International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture. He completed his Ph.D. degree from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2011. Dr. Shirani Bidabadi is also in the processing of some new findings from his current researches such as “Alleviation of abiotic stresses such as salinity and chilling stress through arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus in horticultural crops. His teaching activities include plant propagation, plant tissue culture and organic horticulture. Currently, he is interested in plant – microbe interaction and phytoremediation studies.