Effectiveness of Digested Sewage Sludge Compost in Supplying Nutrients for Soilless Potting Media1

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Rufus L. Chaney U.S. Department of Agriculture, SEA-AR, Biological Waste Management and Organic Resources Laboratory and the Florist and Nursery Crops Laboratory, Beltsville, MD 20705

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Henry M. Cathey U.S. Department of Agriculture, SEA-AR, Biological Waste Management and Organic Resources Laboratory and the Florist and Nursery Crops Laboratory, Beltsville, MD 20705

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Received for publication June 13, 1979. This research was supported in part by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Environmental Service, Annapolis, Maryland.

The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. Under postal regulations, this paper must therefore be hereby marked adver tisement solely to indicate this fact.

Research Agronomist, Agricultural Research Technician, and Research Horticulturalist. We gratefully acknowledge the advice of J. M. Walker in these studies, technical support of R. K. Cowherd and M. C. White, and the care of experimental plants by R. L. Taylor and K. G. Lehnert; R. Clark kindly drafted the figures.

Trade names are used in this publication to provide specific information. Mention of a trade name does not constitute a guarantee or warranty of the product or equipment by the USDA or an endorsement by the USDA over other products not mentioned.

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