Korkmaz Belliturk

Potential Speaker for plant science 2017-Korkmaz Belliturk

Title: Vermicompost Affects Shoot Growth of Trakya Ilkeren/5BB Grafting Combination Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) Saplings

Korkmaz Belliturk

Namik Kemal University, Turkey


Korkmaz Bellitürk: He graduated from Trakya University, Faculty of Agriculture, and Department of Soil Science in 1996. He assumed title “MSc Engineer” in 1998 and “PhD” in 2004. He is still working as Assistant Professor in Namık Kemal University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition since 2007. He attended many meetings, courses, seminary, panels, workshops, congress and festivals at home and abroad. He was assigned to lecture for one week each within the context of Erasmus teaching staff mobility at Trakia Democritus University in Greece in 2011 and at University of Technology and Life Sciences in Poland in 2013. He served as project head and researcher in 18 projects supported by Tübitak, Trakya University, Namık Kemal University, Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, TAGEM, Bilecik Seyh Edebali University and Bozok University Scientific Research Projects Units. He has 90 articles on soil science, soil ecology, plant nutrition, soil fertility, soil chemistry, soil-water pollution, ecologic agriculture and fertilization topics as research articles and papers presented in domestic and abroad scientific meetings. Also, 8 of them are the articles published in international periodicals cited by international science indexes (SCI). He won 12 months research scholarship at “The University of Vermont” in Vermont-USA for the second term of 2013 in the context of TUBITAK 2219 International Postdoctoral Research Scholarship Program. He studies the subjects about soil earthworms, vermicompost production from different organic wastes, set up and control of modern vermicompost production plants which are popular subjects all around the world recently.

Research Interests: Soil Chemistry, Soil Productivity, Plant Nutrition, Soil and Water Pollution, Fertilization, Soil Ecology, Compost and Vermicompost


This research was carried out on 10 liter pots and soil+turf+perlite mixture of five different vermicompost doses (0% control, 10%, 20%, 30% and 40%). The experiment was setup random parcels trail design at open conditions in Tekirdag city.

It is aimed to compare the effects of grapevine saplings on shoot lengths, shoot fresh and dry weight, which are vegetative developmental characteristics. As a result of the research, it is found that the effects of vermicompost on shoot parameters of the grapevine saplings included in the study are significant statistically. It is found in our study that the application of 20% vermicompost included in the sapling nutrition environment bring more positive results compare to other applications. Vermicompost is a process where earthworms are used the transform different organic waste products in to organic fertilizers for agricultural use and a soil amendments to improve soil health. Finally, our study recommended for the application of vermicompost from cow manure using viticulture for sustainable agriculture