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Prevalence and survival of potential pathogens in source-segregated green waste compost.
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PMID:  22677624     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Composting of source-separated green waste (SSGW) is essential to meet the EU Landfill Directive target and agricultural land is considered a significant market for the resulting composts. A critical review of the literature was performed to evaluate the potential for pathogens to enter the composting process via SSGW feedstocks and the likelihood of their survival of the composting process and subsequent application to land. This is discussed in the context of application of other organic wastes to land. It was concluded that zoonoses such as verotoxigenic Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. are unlikely to survive and effective composting process, whereas spore forming organisms are more resistant to composting but are also ubiquitous in the environment. Adherence to existing guidelines, such as those for farm yard manures, is likely to provide a rational degree of health protection for humans and livestock.
Lisa M Avery; Philippa Booth; Colin Campbell; David Tompkins; Rupert L Hough
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Science of the total environment     Volume:  431C     ISSN:  1879-1026     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330500     Medline TA:  Sci Total Environ     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  128-138     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier B.V.
The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH, UK.
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