In order to provide the highest quality compost many factors such as temperature, pH, and moisture need to assessed on a regular basis. With out adequate testing of the compost during the composting process and the inputs used to the make it. The resulting compost may contain contaminants or pathogens that could be potentially harmful to people and plants.
The team in charge of the testing the compost is comprised of Jeffery Akom, Larissa Clarke, Elliot Gleaton, and Chris Wozniak. Currently the team is working on methods of testing the finished compost for bacterial pathogens and nematodes as well as testing the moisture content and bulk density of foodwaste. We are also working on devising a system for testing the temperature of the compost as it moves though the composter. This is important for determining if the compost has remained at a temperature high enough to kill pathogens such as nematodes and insects that may be present in the compost.
Testing the finished compost for nematodes as well as testing the bulk density and moisture content of the foodwaste will hopefully begin next week.