Biochar - a sustainable agro production

Biochar - a sustainable agro production
Biochar is a short form for biological charcoal. Biochar can be produced from wastes (plants, animals and others). It acts as natural organic manure devoid of toxic effects on plants and soil. Biochar production involves the collection of organic wastes and burning them under high temperature, i.e. 1700°C (pyrolosis); this makes the organic substance to blend and gives an appearance as charcoal. The byproducts of this pyrolosis reaction are natural gas and biofuel. Biochar production from weeds, such as water hyacinth, Parthenium sp., etc. has been investigated in the recent times. It was found that, biochar has the tendency to increase the nutrient content of soil and improve humus. These findings promise that, the usage of biochar could pave way for a sustainable and non-toxic agriculture.


How to cite this article:
Mayuri PK. Biochar - a sustainable agro production. BioLim O-Media. 18 November, 2015. 3(9).
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