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Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 14:52:02 -0500
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From: Mary Appelhof <mappelho@madison.tdsnet.com>
Subject: Vermillennium: Major international worm conference to be held in
Michigan
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Worm lovers may want to consider setting aside Sept. 16-22 to come to
the Vermillennium, a major international conference on
vermicomposting and vermiculture to be held in Kalamazoo. Attached
find the Call for Abstracts which also gives other conference details
and gives you an opportunity to pre-register in order to receive more
information.
Mary Appelhof
Co-coordinator, Vermillennium
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR THE VERMILLENNIUM
International Conference on Vermiculture and Vermicomposting
"Merging the best from science and industry."
September 16-22, 2000
Convenor: Mary Appelhof
Flowerfield Enterprises
10332 Shaver Road
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49024
Ph: 616-327-0108 FAX: 616-327-7009
email: vermi@wormwoman.com
http://www.wormwoman.com/vermillennium.html
Co-ordinator for Scientific Sessions:
Dr. Clive Edwards
Ohio State University Dept. of Entomology
1735 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1220 USA
PH: 614-292-3786 FAX: 614-292-2180
email: soilecol@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu
For the most current updates visit our website at:
http://www.wormwom.com/vermillennium
This major international conference will convene earthworm
industry practitioners with scientists who study earthworms in their
role as nutrient recyclers and enhancers of soil fertility. The
vermillennium commemorates the 20th anniversary of the pivotal
conference, The Role of Earthworms in the Stabilization of Organic
Residues, held in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA in 1980. The past wenty
years has brought important developments in research on both
vermicomposting and vermiculture on such topics as:
* engineered large-scale vermicomposting systems
* enhanced production of plants using vermicompost
* systems for turning wastes into nutrient-rich media to
enhance agricultural production and reduce fertilizer input and costs
* more convenient and efficient domestic-scale vermicomposting units
* field applications of vermicompost to increase crop production
ABSTRACTS INVITED FOR SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS:
We invite abstracts of up to 300 words for posters or papers relevant
to the topics given. Invited speakers will present introductory and
concluding papers for each topic, with selected oral presentations to
be 15 minutes. Poster presenters may give a 2-minute preview during
plenary sessions.
TOPICS FOR SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS:
1. Biology and Identification of Earthworms for Vermiculture
2. Methods of Vermicomposting
3. Types of Wastes, Effects of Contaminants and Pre-processing Needed
in Vermiculture
4. Greenhouse and Field Applications of Earthworms and their Products
5. Earthworms in Bioremediation, as Protein Sources and as Pharmaceuticals
6. Microbiological, Chemical and Physical Aspects of Vermicomposting
7. International Activities in Vermiculture
8. Economic Aspects of Vermicomposting
THE VERMILLENNIUM OFFERS TWO DISTINCT SESSIONS WITH FIELD TRIP OPTIONS.
SEPT 16-17 1. VERMICOMPOSTING TRAINING. The first two days will be
a training seminar for practitioners involved in the worm industry.
Intensive sessions will cover earthworm biology, earthworm species,
earthworm and associated organism relationships, environmental
requirements, types of systems, troubleshooting, marketing products,
business practices. Sessions will be held at the most colorful time
of the year at beautiful Kellogg Biological Station which overlooks
Gull Lake.
SEPT. 18 FIELD TRIPS. Field trip for Monday include the Kalamazoo
Nature Center, Tillers International, sustainable agriculture
programs at Kellogg Biological Station, and a tour to the shores of
Lake Michigan. Participants in either the training or the scientific
sessions are invited to attend the field trips.
SEPT 19-20-21-22 SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS. Focus for the 3 1/2 day
scientific program will be oral reports and posters from those who
are using scientific methodology to solve such problems as handling
manures, crop residues, brewery wastes, food-processing wastes. Can
earthworms be effectively translocated to enhance soil fertility? Can
earthworms be used to remediate toxic materials? What about
contaminants such as pathogens, heavy metals and pesticides? How do
vermicomposts compare with thermophilic composts in supporting plant
growth? Sessions will be held at Comstock Community Auditorium just
minutes away from the conference hotels and motels.
LODGING: Participants in the Vermicomposting Training may stay at
Kellogg Biological Station for the entire conference, with bus
transportation to scientific sessions. Participants in scientific
sessions will be eligible for special Vermillennium rates at nearby
hotels and motels.
PREPARE FOR AN EXCITING NE MILLENNIUM BY COMING TO THE VERMILLENNIUM !
GENERAL INFORMATION
VERMICOMPOSTING TRAINING: Noted leaders in the field will conduct two
days of intensive training in the biology and business of
vermicomposting. Space is limited at Kellogg Biological Station for
these sessions. We encourage participants to attend the subsequent
scientific sessions.
LOCATION: Kalamazoo, Michigan, is midway between Detroit, Michigan,
and Chicago, Illinois, about an hour's drive from Lake Michigan. The
international airport has frequent connections between major hubs in
Detroit and Chicago. Train service is available and transportation by
car is convenient by highway.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:Official language of the conference will be English.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Blocks of rooms have been secured in hotels close to
the conference site. Prices range from US$45-69 per night.
Participants in the training session may stay at Kellogg Biological
Station the entire time. Rates of $60/night includes meals.
PUBLICATIONS: Participants of Scientific Sessions will receive
abstracts at the conference. Those attending the Vermicomposting
Training will receive an extensive training manual. We expect
qualified papers to appear in a suitable peer-reviewed journal.
SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
We invite you to submit abstracts up to 300 words for papers or
posters for the Scientific Sessions. We are interested in case
studies and technologies as well as reports of experimental work.
Abstract should contain title, authors, affiliation and mailing
address, with name of presenter underlined, and email address
included. Please indicate a preference for oral or poster
presentation, and suggest the session you think will be most
appropriate. The committee reserves the right to select an
appropriate number of presentations and divide them between oral and
poster sessions based upon the number of submitted abstracts.
Submit abstracts by mail, FAX, or email to:
Dr. Clive Edwards
Attn: Vermillennium Abstracts
Dept. of Entomology, Ohio State University
1735 Neil Hall
Columbus, OH 43210-1220
email: soilecol@osu.edu
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: APRIL 1, 2000
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: MAY, 2000
COSTS:
Fees for the VERMICOMPOSTING TRAINING include 2 full days of
training, 1 day of field trips, Training Manual, snacks and
beverages. Lodging and meals will be in addition to this fee.
Vermicomposting Training Fee Sept. 16-18
Early Registration (Before June 1, 2000 ) $300
Late Registration (After Aug. 1, 2000) $350
On-site Registration (Space available) $400)
Note: Participants in Vermicomposting Training will receive
$50 reduction
in cost of Scientific Sessions
Fees for the SCIENTIFIC SESSION include 3 1/2 days of sessions, 1 day
of field trips, abstracts, proceedings, conference barbeque, snacks
and beverages. Lodging and meals will be in addition.
Scientific Session Fee Sept. 18-22
Early Registration (Before June 1, 2000) $250
Late Registration (After Aug. 1, 2000) $300
On-site Registration (Space available) $350
Vermicomposting Training
PRELIMINARY REGISTRATION:
Please help guide us in our planning by returning this form. Full
registration information will eventually be available on our website
at http://www.wormwoman.com/vermillennium.htm. We appreciate your
helping us to reduce both financial and environmental costs by using
electronic forms of communication whenever possible. Since not
everyone has access to the internet and email, we will mail hard copy
information to those who request it.
PRELIMINARY REGISTRATION FOR THE VERMILLENNIUM
I wish to present ____ a paper _______ a poster
I expect to attend ______ Vermicomposting Training Sept. 16-18, 2000
______ Scientific
Sessions Sept. 18-22, 2000
Name:
Title:
Organization:
Address:
City

State /Province Postal Code
Country
Telephone: FAX:
Email:


VERMILLENNIUM ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Conference Coordinator :
Mary Appelhof, President
Flowerfield Enterprises
10332 Shaver Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49024 USA
Telephone: 616-327-0108 FAX: 616-327-7009
email: vermi@wormwoman.com
Coordinator for Scientific Sessions:
Dr. Clive Edwards, Professor
Dept. of Entomology, Ohio State University
1735 Neil Hall
Columbus, OH 34210-1220
Telephone: 614-292-3786 FAX: 614-688-4222
email: soilecol@osu.edu
Committee members:
Dr. Scott Subler, President
Pacific Garden Products
HCR-1 Box 150
104 Mill Street
Millheim, PA 16854-9700 USA
Telephone: 814-349-9820 FAX: 814-349-9822
Ms. Kelly Slocum,
Associate Editor, Worm Digest USA
7605 NE 57th Ct
Vancouver, WA 98661 USA
Telephone: 360-693-2868 FAX: 360-696-0419
Dr. Radha Kale, Professor
Department of Zoology
University of Agricultural Sciences
Telephone: 803-330-153 FAX: 803-330-422
Bangalore 56 00 65 INDIA
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Mary Appelhof
Flowerfield Enterprises
Co-coordinator of the Vermillennium Sept. 16-22, 2000
10332 Shaver Road
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49024 USA
PH:616-327-0108 FAX 616-327-7009
http://www.wormwoman.com


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