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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 14, No. 1, 2010, pp. 67-72
Bioline Code: ja10012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2010, pp. 67-72

 en Effect of pre-treatment of Palm oil Mill effluent (POME) and Cassava Mill Effluent (CME) on the Growth of Tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum)
Nwoko, O. Chris; Bogunyemi, Sola & Ankwocha, Eddy E.


Pretreatment measures in effluents’ management comprised of phase separation involving sedimentation, aeration to enhance biodegradation and pH neutralization. A randomized complete block design experiment in factorial arrangement was set up to assess effects of aeration, settling and pH neutralization on POME and CME phytotoxicity on tomato ( Lycopersicum esculentum check for this species in other resources ) germination and seedling development. Results obtained showed that aeration was the most significantly (p=0.02) effective pretreatment technique for POME and CME. Phytotoxicity decreased when effluents were left to aerobically decompose for 6 days. pH neutralization increased phytotoxcity in the two effluent streams. Settling did not significantly reduce phytotoxicity in CME but did in POME. The 3-way Interaction was not significant in all the parameters measured. Management plans for these effluent streams should consist of well designed pond system, metal tanks equipped with blowers for proper decomposition before disposal. @ JASEM

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