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Growth Agent for Red California Worms Reproduction


There are plenty of waste products gathered during the tobacco production like tobacco dust or useless parts of tobacco leaves such as veins and petioles. The only way to handle these wastes is by disposing.

The biotechnology of transformation of tobacco dust to plant origin bioactive product which can be used as an additive in the feed for red California worms was developed. This bio-preparation is proved to be an intensifier of their reproductive activities.

Innovative Aspect and Main Advantages

  • It is for the first time when the simple, effective and economically available technology of tobacco wastes utilization and transformation to bioactive preparation was developed;
  • The technology offers using the tobacco dust as a biological active addiction during the vermicultivation of Red California Worms (RCW);
  • This technology allows a 60-150% increase in the reproductive activity of red California worms;
  • It is also a solution for a very important ecological problem which is utilization of wastes from the tobacco industry such as tobacco dust.

Areas of Application

The technology is supposed to be used in red worm farms regarding their breeding capacity.

Fig. 1 Tobacco leaves and Red California Worm - mutual benefit

Fig. 2 The dynamics of RCW reproduction during the different ratios of feed / bio-preparation:
0. Initial amount of RCW
1. Manure (control) +27%
2. Manure +20% of bio-preparation +99%
3. Manure +40% of bio-preparation +190%
4. Manure +60% of bio-preparation -13%
5. Manure +80% of bio-preparation -43%
6. Bio-preparation only -72%

Stage of Development

Pilot experiments have been successfully conducted, verifying the theories. The Azerbaijan patent application is on execution stage.

Contact Details

Institute of Microbiology
Contact person: Elmira Akhundova
Address: 40 Patamdar rd, AZ1073, Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel: (+994 12) 439 2359
Fax: (+994 12) 510 0470
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