BIOCHAR

 

BioChar is an organic soil amendment produced from bio waste that enhances the ability of soil to retain nutrients and water, increases the availability of nutrients for plant growth, and is a fertilizer enhancer, thereby maximizing the return on your fertilizer investment. Also, BioChar lowers the negative impact that crops have on the environment by reducing nitrous oxide emissions, phosphorus runoff and nitrogen leaching, thus protecting our surface and ground water. 

 

Like the fertile, high- carbon Terra Preta or “dark earth” soils of the Amazon have shown us, BioChar can enhance soil for thousands of years. BioChar is carbon negative and can store carbon in the soil for over one thousand years, providing a valuable tool in addressing climate change.

 

BioChar has many benefits:

  • Enhances plant growth
  • Increases water permeability and holding capacity 
  • Increases nutrient retention
  • Improves soil structure and stability 
  • Increases cation exchange capacity 
  • Reduces soil acidity by raising soil pH
  • Adsorbs ammonium, nitrate, phosphate, and calcium ions 
  • Increases soil activity, fertility and diversity 
  • Provides refuge for microrhizae 
  • Improves root development 
  • Reduce fertilizer runoff, especially nitrogen & phosphorus 
  • Reduces the amount of fertilizer and herbicides required thus decreasing N2O (a greenhouse gas 310 times more harmful than CO2) and CH4 emissions
  • Sequesters carbon for several generations

 

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1864279,00.html

 

 

 

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