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Practicality of Biochar Additions to Enhance Soil and Crop Productivity
Employment and Disability Institute, ILR School, Cornell University, 306 Dolgen Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Carbon Consulting LLC, 304 The Parkway, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
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Received: 25 August 2013; in revised form: 12 September 2013 / Accepted: 25 September 2013 / Published: 17 October 2013
Abstract: The benefits of biochar to soils for agricultural purposes are numerous. Biochar may be added to soils with the intention to improve the soil, displace an amount of conventional fossil fuel based fertilizers, and sequester carbon. However, the variable application rates, uncertain feedstock effects, and initial soil state provide a wide range of cost for marginally improved yield from biochar additions, which is often economically impracticable. The need for further clarity on optimizing biochar application to various crop yields is necessary if it is to gain widespread acceptance as a soil amendment.
Keywords: biochar; carbon sequestration; economic analysis; soil amendment
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Filiberto, D.M.; Gaunt, J.L. Practicality of Biochar Additions to Enhance Soil and Crop Productivity. Agriculture 2013, 3, 715-725.
Filiberto DM, Gaunt JL. Practicality of Biochar Additions to Enhance Soil and Crop Productivity. Agriculture. 2013; 3(4):715-725.
Filiberto, David M.; Gaunt, John L. 2013. "Practicality of Biochar Additions to Enhance Soil and Crop Productivity." Agriculture 3, no. 4: 715-725.