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Author: Demeter (Demeter)
Friday, December 04, 2009 - 10:53 pm
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Kavi, I have been doing my own testing on my Humanure system, which is only marginally thermophilic. I use the Coliscan Easygel system for the tests. It takes from 5 to 7 weeks after the last "dump" for the contents to become _E. coli_ free. Understand that the test for _E. coli_ is the industry standard for detecting potential pathogens, although the garden variety of _E. coli_ itself is not pathogenic. Some strains, such as O157:H7 are, but since I am not collecting feces from a cattle feedlot, I'm not worried about it. Hope this helps.

Author: Joe (Joe)
Friday, December 04, 2009 - 5:54 pm
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Regarding research, have you checked the references cited in the humanure handbook? Download the 3rd edition (https://humanurehandbook.com/downloads/Humanure_Handbook_all.pdf) and start at page 240. Also, search this message board for issues related to pathogen suppression, etc.

Good luck!

Take care,

Joe Jenkins

Author: Joe (Joe)
Friday, December 04, 2009 - 5:50 pm
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From email 12-4-2009

hello!

my name Kavi, im an student for environmental science (B.Sc) in Israel.

i'm in my mid 2nd year, and next year will be a year focused on individual projects. i'm writing you because i have a passion to the humanure subject and would like to devote my last year's project to humanure research- thus i'm in need of background information.

i figure in order to help this important topic reach mainstream acknowledgment, it needs a good firm scientific backup.

i would like to know what research has been made in this subject up till now. i must admit that i'm in the very beginning of the process, and though having my own bucket system at my home for a few months now, i have very little info (a part from your book) about what has been done around the world on the subject scientifically - and that's why my first inquiry is with you.

so, i would like to know -

*what kind of research has been done? what was it focused on? death of pathogens, water conservation, soil health?. etc.
*what would you recommend focusing on?
*is there any basic research that actually proves 100% or so pathogen death in the thermophilic process?
...

i have much more questions, but i guess your a busy man, so i would love it if you could give me just a general direction on which avenue of research you think is important, and maybe know a good reliable info source i could use.

thank you very much!

Kavi

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