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Biochar for Eucalyptus forestry plantations

Citation

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, 1108 pp. 55-61. ISSN 0567-7572 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 ISHS Acta Horticulturae

DOI: doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1108.7

Abstract

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 Article
Keywords:biochar, eucalyptus nitens, nursery, softwood, E. nitens, macadamia char, soil, productivity, nutrients
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Forestry Sciences
Research Field:Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Author:Wrobel-Tobiszewska, A (Ms Anna Wrobel-Tobiszewska)
Author:Boersma, M (Dr Mark Boersma)
Author:Franks, S (Professor Stewart Franks)
ID Code:106408
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-02-09
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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