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Biochar for Eucalyptus forestry plantations


Wrobel-Tobiszewska, A and Boersma, M and Adams, P and Singh, B and Franks, S and Sargison, J, Biochar for Eucalyptus forestry plantations, Acta Horticulturae, 17-22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 55-61. ISSN 0567-7572 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Copyright 2014 ISHS Acta Horticulturae

DOI: doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1108.7


Producing robust seedlings for forest plantation establishment is important as early growth influences potential yield and propagation is a significant budget component. The reputed benefits of biochar as a soil amendment may assist the growth and establishment of seedlings while simultaneously allowing for a reduction in fertiliser application. This study focussed on biochar's influence on the establishment of Eucalyptus nitens seedlings, changes to soil and plant chemistry and biomass accumulation. Eight doses of macadamia biochar (0-100 t ha-1) combined with two fertiliser rates were applied in a glasshouse pot trial and a 2-year field experiment. Soil Colwell potassium, sodium and nitrogen levels increased in response to biochar treatments while calcium, magnesium and manganese decreased. While soil nutrient dynamics varied under biochar treatments in both experiments, seedling growth did not reveal clear trends in response to biochar application.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:biochar, eucalyptus nitens, nursery, softwood, E. nitens, macadamia char, soil, productivity, nutrients
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry biomass and bioproducts
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Mitigation of climate change
Objective Field:Climate change mitigation strategies
UTAS Author:Wrobel-Tobiszewska, A (Ms Anna Wrobel-Tobiszewska)
UTAS Author:Boersma, M (Dr Mark Boersma)
UTAS Author:Franks, S (Professor Stewart Franks)
ID Code:106408
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-02-09
Last Modified:2018-07-20

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