Impact of Nutrient Profiles in Soils Amended Using Composts and Nano-Gel Water Accumulator for the Cultivation of Amaranthus Spinosus Grown in Them




Alfisols, Amaranthus spinosus L, Amended soil, Compost, Food security, Nano-gel water accumulator


The depletion of minerals in agricultural soils through subsistence farming has been a major food security challenge in many parts of the world. To curtail this problem, farmers use inorganic fertilizer to boost soil fertility even though it poses a lot of environmental challenges. In this research, an alternative route to soil nutrient amendment was explored via the use of compost and nano-gel water accumulator for blending different soil samples derived from rock side soil and spent farm soils blended in different ratios of 1:0, 1:1, 1:2, and 2:1using a suitable potting media for the greenhouse production of A. spinosus L. Physicochemical values, mineral, and heavy metals concentration were evaluated on the soil and compost samples while mineral, proximate, anti-nutrients and vitamins compositions were analyzed on A. spinosus L. grown on the soils. Data obtained were analyzed using analysis of variance (ANOVA) at a 95% confidence limit using SPSS 20.0 software. The properties of the prepared compost (PC) and commercial compost (CC) varied significantly (P<0.05) though with small differences, thus, suggesting the need to properly manage compost preparation to guarantee specific compost specifications. The experimental results showed that nano-gel water accumulator and compost on one hand produced higher nutritional values on A. spinosus L. when compared with when compost is used alone or when they are not used at all.

Author Biography

Richard Odunayo Akinyeye, Department of Industrial Chemistry, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.

Professor of Industrial Chemistry, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.


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How to Cite

Akinyeye, R. O., Fadunmade, E. O., Akinsola, A. F., Oguntokun, M. O., Ejeromedoghene, O., & Shittu, O. S. (2023). Impact of Nutrient Profiles in Soils Amended Using Composts and Nano-Gel Water Accumulator for the Cultivation of Amaranthus Spinosus Grown in Them. Turkish Journal of Agriculture - Food Science and Technology, 11(4), 811–822.



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