Tag: Biochar

Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one

Health, economic benefits of capturing agricultural nitric oxide outlined in a study. Date: July 27, 2017, Source: Rice University Summary: Biochar could reduce local air pollution from agriculture by reducing emissions of nitric oxide from soil. Researchers argue that a better understanding of nitric oxide response to biochar will save lives […]

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Researcher examines biochar use in forests

Reported by: Matthew Weaver Research is underway that could lead to more uses for waste wood, a U.S. Forest Service researcher says. Instead of thinning stands to boost productivity and burning the resulting slashpiles, researchers believe turning it into biochar — a supplement made of charred biological matter — […]

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Stubborn Soils Resist Composting and Biochar Treatments

The researchers did not find any increase in Mycorrhizas numbers, even in highly micorrhizal plants such as sorghum (pictured).Image: Cyndy Sims Parr Written by  Jo Fulwood Esperance soil trials falter on long-term soil fertility influence Research to test results from previous research into boosting root length (mycorrhiza activity) […]

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Biochar Efficacy on Soil Nitrogen Questioned

            “In my view recent research has not been able to demonstrate an affective, valuable role for biochar in agriculture.”—Professor Gilkes. Lou Gold A UWA study has challenged claims that biochar is more effective in minimising nitrogen leaching from soil than traditional clay […]

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Researchers receive grant to study biochar

By Jace Dostal, jace.dostal@iowastatedaily.com Sep 3, 2015 Researchers at Iowa State have been awarded nearly $2 million for research on the integrated pyrolysis of biochar systems. Biochar is a product used on soils to return nutrients to the soil, which are removed when biomass is harvested for bioenrgy and […]

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Biochar emerges as soil amendment for agriculture

Biochar emerges as a new soil amendment in agriculture. Laura Pires, Contributing Writer Biochar has potential as a valuable tool for the agricultural industry with its unique ability to help build soil, conserve water, produce renewable energy and sequester carbon. Biochar, a soil amendment, is a specialized form […]

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Biochar Then and Now

Biochar Then & Now Biochar’s History as an Ancient Soil Amendment— Biochar is a form of charcoal produced from super-heating biomass. It is found naturally in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires. Biochar has also been created and used by humans in traditional agricultural practices […]

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