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Posts Tagged: biochar

Biochar and Carbon Sequestration

Achieving carbon sequestration by building soil organic matter requires that carbon input rates (green arrows) exceed microbial decomposition of organic matter. Carbon dioxide is absorbed from the atmoshpere during plant photosynthesis (purple arrow). This carbon can enter the soil via plant roots, or when plant residues are added to the soil. Soil amendments containing carbon, such as compost or biochar, can also serve as carbon inputs.ition (red arrow).

Sequestering Carbon in the Soil Using Biochar Soils store three times more carbon than exists in the atmosphere. Plants absorb atmospheric carbon during photosynthesis, so the return of plant residues into the soil contributing to soil carbon. While much of this carbon ultimately returns to the atmosphere as soil microbes decompose carbon based plant biomass and release carbon dioxide, soil carbon stores can increase if the rate of carbon inputs exceeds the rate of microbial decomposition....

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 12:12 PM
  • Author: Yoni Cooperman

Biochar and Nutrient Management

A diverse array of biochars are available (photo credit Sanjai Parikh)

In the on-going quest to develop sustainable agricultural practices, growers are looking for new and inventive technologies. In this blog post, we'll focus on biochar, one such technology that has been a focus of intense research in recent years. Biochar is produced by burning organic material at extreme temperatures as high as 1600° F with little to no oxygen available. Oftentimes biochar is a by-product of energy production, but it can also be produced solely to be used as a soil...

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12:49 PM
  • Author: Yoni Cooperman
  • Contributor: Deirdre Griffin
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