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Composting fruit and vegetable waste from grocery stores on farms is a challenge due to the large quantity of liquid that leaches out. This leachate needs to be characterized for its effects on plant growth and soil. It was acidic with high conductivity; the plant mineral nutrient contents derived from the leachate (in decreasing order) were K, N mainly as ammonium-N, Ca, Mg, Na, and P; the trace elements were quite low. The germination and rootlet growth of cress and corn increased with thedoi:10.1080/23311932.2019.1580180 fatcat:b2drkw7rafeolfd3phfugflkzi