Nitrogen (The Glamour Ingredient) – versus Carbon (50 Shades of Brown)

Of the many elements required for microbial decomposition, carbon and nitrogen are the most important. Carbon provides both an energy source and the basic building block making up about 50 percent of the mass of microbial cells. Nitrogen is a crucial component of the proteins, nucleic acids, amino acids, enzymes and co-enzymes necessary for cell growth and function.

— Cornell Composting Science and Management, Cornell Waste Management Institute

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