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Soil organic carbon, biochar, and applicable research results for increasing farm productivity under Australian agricultural conditions

McHenry, M.P. (2011) Soil organic carbon, biochar, and applicable research results for increasing farm productivity under Australian agricultural conditions. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 42 (10). pp. 1187-1199.

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    Abstract

    The conversion of vegetative biomass waste to biochar (biologically derived charcoal) is a source of carbon (C) that can be used to increase the level of soil organic C (SOC) in agricultural soils. This review collates available research into the effects of biologically derived C species with respect to the direct and indirect effects on agricultural productivity and their potential for use in Western Australian agricultural systems. There is a growing requirement to quantify the effect of specific biochar applications for agroecological purposes and to verify biosequestered C for climate-change-mitigation activities. This work provides a review and assessment of safe biochar application rates and examines the present levels of scientific uncertainty surrounding the efficacy and reliability of applying biochar to soils in relation to crop productivity.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Copyright: Taylor & Francis Group, LL
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/4416
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