Effect of biochar on microbial community composition and enzymatic activity

Biochar offers several benefits as a soil amendment, including increased soil fertility, carbon sequestration, and water-holding capacity in nutrient-poor soils. In this study, soil samples with and without biochar additives were collected for two consecutive years from an experimental field plot to examine its effect on the microbial community structure and functions in sandy soils under peach-trees.

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Biochar helps hold water, saves money

Biochar’s benefits for the long-term sequestration of carbon and nitrogen on American farms are clear, but new research from Rice University shows it can help farmers save money on irrigation as well. The study showed that sandy soil, in particular, gains ability to retain more water when amended with biochar.

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Biochar makes concrete stronger and more watertight

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel new method to recycle wood waste [as biochar] by incorporating it into cement and mortar mixtures, making the resulting materials both stronger and more watertight.

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