Moisture Balance Helps Test Compost Moisture Content

Moisture Analyzer for Compost Testing
Moisture Analyzer for Compost Testing

The use of compost is increasing with the growth in demand for organically grown food.  Composting however has a dark underbelly.  If done improperly it can result in the retention of pathogenic bacteria harmful to humans.  This in turn will (and has) result in food borne illnesses which ironically is what the organic food movement is trying to avoid.  In the past, researchers have used ammonia supplementation and irradiation to reduce pathogenic activity.  This study looks at the use of bacteriophages in reducing Salmonella with successful results.  Within 4 hours of treatment a ‘2-log-unit reduction of Salmonella’ was observed. As usual we’d like to note the use of the moisture analyzer in measuring moisture in samples.

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About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More