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Does biochar improve soil function and crop growth?

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Hardie, M ORCID: 0000-0003-4319-6018, Eyles, A ORCID: 0000-0003-4432-6216, Bound, B ORCID: 0000-0003-2947-5002, Close, D ORCID: 0000-0001-7999-1692, Oliver, G, Gentile, R, Clothier, B, Patterson, S, Direen, J, Green, S and Deurer, M 2018 , 'Does biochar improve soil function and crop growth?', paper presented at the National Soil Science Conference 2018, 18-23 November 2018, Canberra, Australia.

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Abstract

The use of biochar as an organic soil amendment has been widely investigated and promoted for the improvement of agricultural soil, and as a means to promote plant growth. Among its many reported benefits, biochar is claimed to promote plant growth, improve soil water-holding capacity, alter soil microbial diversity and population dynamics and reduce nutrient leaching loss.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Hardie, M and Eyles, A and Bound, B and Close, D and Oliver, G and Gentile, R and Clothier, B and Patterson, S and Direen, J and Green, S and Deurer, M
Keywords: biochar, soil, apple
Journal or Publication Title: National Soil Science Conference 2018
Publisher: Soil Science Australia
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