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Understanding Biochar

The Grains Research and Development Corporation released a fact sheet in January 2013 titled Understanding Biochar.

The key points outlined that:

  • Biochar is a purpose-produced charcoal and its composition varies according to the feedstock used and production conditions such as temperature and time.
  • There is no single type of biochar. Biochar is a stable form of carbon that has potential for carbon sequestration.
  • Research suggests it may be useful in decreasing soil greenhouse gas emissions. Biochar can alter the physical, chemical and biological properties of a soil and may improve crop productivity.
  • Further study is needed on the performance of biochar in a range of soils and environments before it can be accurately predicted where it may have benefits.
  • The economic viability of adding biochar is not yet proven. Australian farmers are currently unable to source large quantities cheaply.

Learn more about biochar.

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About the Author:

Euan Beamont is Co-Founder/Director of Energy Farmers Australia. From a rural background Euan has always had a strong connection to the land and is very passionate about the sustainability of agriculture. Euan believes that a carbon price is a good thing for agriculture and will enable farmers to change to more sustainable farming practices and move away from their reliance on fossil based energy.
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