Effect of tropical millipede Rhinocricus botocudus in the degradation and maturity of coffee residues


  • Victor Maurício da Silva Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo/UFES, Vitória, ES, Brasil. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9070-384X
  • Renato Ribeiro Passos Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo/UFES, Departamento de Agronomia, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Alegre, ES, Brasil. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7730-748X
  • Ericka Broetto Marin Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo/UFES, Vitória, ES, Brasil. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9070-384X
  • Eduardo de Sá Mendonça Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo/UFES, Departamento de Agronomia, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Alegre, ES, Brasil. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3284-7129




In Brazil, approximately 3 tons of dry mass per hectare of coffee residues (CR), formed by leaves and branches <5 mm in diameter, were accumulated around the crops in the last harvests of the semi-mechanized crops. Thus, the production of substrates and organic fertilizers from the bioconversion of residues of coffee activity is an important theme in Brazil and in the world. The objective of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of the tropical millipede Rhinocricus botocudus on the degradation and maturity of coffee residues (CR). The presence and absence of R. botocudus were tested in five sampling times (0, 30, 60, 90, and 120 days) with three replicates (n = 3). The analyzed variables were: total C and N contents, lignin, cellulose, soluble C and N, soluble polyphenols, C of humic substances, and infrared analysis of humic acid (HA) and fulvic acid (FA). At the final incubation stage (120 days), the lowest values of cellulose, cellulose/lignin, and polyphenols occurred with R. botocudus. Infrared analysis of HA demonstrated that readily biodegradable structures, such as alcohols and short chain aliphatic molecules, were decomposed over time, consequently reflecting the increase of aromatic structures of greater stability. Compared to the control, these changes in HA were more evident in the presence of R. botocudus. The results of the present study suggest that this millipede species alters the dynamics of degradation and humification of CR by accelerating the maturity of this residue.

Key words: Cellulose; humic substances; lignin.


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How to Cite

SILVA, V. M. da .; PASSOS, R. R.; MARIN, E. B.; MENDONÇA, E. de S. Effect of tropical millipede Rhinocricus botocudus in the degradation and maturity of coffee residues. Coffee Science - ISSN 1984-3909, [S. l.], v. 16, p. e161932, 2021. DOI: 10.25186/.v16i.1932. Disponível em: http://www.coffeescience.ufla.br/index.php/Coffeescience/article/view/1932. Acesso em: 24 jun. 2022.