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Agricultural Reviews, volume 32 issue 2 (june 2011) : 134 - 139


K. Coumaravel*, R.Santhi, V. Sanjiv Kumar, M.M. Mansour
1Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore - 641 003, India.
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Cite article:- Coumaravel* K., R.Santhi, Kumar Sanjiv V., Mansour M.M. (2024). BIOCHAR – A PROMISING SOIL ADDITIVE - A REVIEW. Agricultural Reviews. 32(2): 134 - 139. doi: .
Biochar produced from pyrolysis of plants stocks is a fine-grained charcoal high in organic carbon and largely resistant to decomposition. Biochar creates a recalcitrant soil carbon pool that is carbon-negative, serving as a net withdrawal of atmospheric carbon dioxide stored in highly recalcitrant soil carbon stocks. Biochar-amended soil reduces not only the fertilizer requirements, but also the climate and environmental impact of croplands. Also, it improves a host of soil physical properties. Biochar is a variable charge organic material that has the potential to increase cation exchange capacity and related soil properties. Application of biochar with inorganic fertilizers significantly increases the yields of a number of crops.
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