Biochar Produced Carbon

1024 Words Feb 17th, 2018 4 Pages
The carbon contained in the biochar is not degrading to carbon dioxide (CO2) to the same extent as untreated organic materials. Hence, biochar can be a very low cost soil amendment with low carbon sequestration capacity. It can affect in improving the quality of soil, prevent soil erosion, increases water retention, reduces fertilizer leaching and soil acidity and increases the plant yield of vegetation grown in biochar amended soil.

Furthermore, biochar slows down the decaying and mineralization of the biological carbon cycle to establish a carbon sink and a net carbon withdrawal from the atmosphere of 20 percent. Upon production through pyrolysis, the biochar is applied to soil in order to improve soil health and to boost the plant growth. As biochar is much more stable than the carbon from the material it is made and it can remain in soils for hundreds to thousands of years, thus, it has the potential of carbon sequestration. Besides that, biochar also helps in reducing climate change.

Besides that, biochar has a unique physiochemical structure which can lead to increased soil fertility and crop yields depending on the type of feedstock material and pyrolysis conditions used to make it. It is returned to agricultural land so that it can increase the…

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