Worm Reproduction & Development

September 20, 2015 Ed Hubbard

Reproduction dictates survival of a species. Organisms like worms which provide food for many others, must reproduce ample offspring to offset predation. Red wiggler reproductive methods, while simple, are very effective.Earthworms are hermaphrodites, meaning each one is both male and female. While worms possess both male and female sexual organs, a red wiggler cannot produce offspring alone. Red wigglers must join for successful mating and reproduction to occur. Red wigglers are hermaphroditic but not parthenogenic.When a red wiggler is sexually immature its body segments are uniform throughout its entire length. As it matures it develops a bulbous gland about one-third...

Vermiculture Language: Definitions of Worm Composting

September 20, 2015 Ed Hubbard

These are words commonly used in describing Vermiculture and Vermicomposting, which is composting with worms:Aerobic Conditions – composting and vermiculture systems require free oxygen to be available.Anaerobic Conditions – processing without oxygen.Capsule (Cocoon) – the oval shaped case containing worm eggs.Carrying Capacity – the total biomass in kilograms of worms that a specified surface areain m2can contain under managed steady state environmental conditions. Themaximum carrying capacity of biomass will vary widely depending upon:environmental conditions; individual worm species or mix of species; number, ageand maturity of the population.Castings– the exretia of worms.Compost – material resulting from the controlled microbial transformation of...