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N. Kannadasan Dharshini S. Eabinezer Nirmala Natarajan R. Krishnamoorthy R. Sri Sakthi Priyadarshini

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Vermifiltration of wastewater using waste eater earthworms is a newly conceived novel technology. The present study evaluated BOD, COD and TS showing significant variation in decrease by 95%, 90% and 80% respectively through vermifiltration of distillery effluents. The nutrient contents (TN, TP, TK, TCa and TMg) in the vermicasts had increase (1.82 % in TN, 0.24% in TP, 2.15% in TK, 2.07% in TCa and 2.86 % in TMg) in the range of fold than the control level. The morphology of the control and experimental vermicast samples were analyzed with SEM and the image showed significant variation. The FT-IR spectrum analysis showed reduction of aliphatic/aromatic (C=C and OH) compounds in the vermicompost. Thus, the present study significantly highlights the vermifiltration technology in treating distillery effluent.

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Earthworms, Distillery Effluents, Vermifiltration, HRT, Vermicast, FT-IR

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Kannadasan, N., Dharshini, Eabinezer , S., Natarajan, N., Krishnamoorthy, R., & Sri Sakthi Priyadarshini, R. (2019). Potential of distillery effluents for safe water through vermifiltration. Journal of Applied and Natural Science, 11(4), 768 - 777. https://doi.org/10.31018/jans.v11i4.2112
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