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Opportunities and constraints for biochar technology in Australian agriculture: looking beyond carbon sequestration

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Singh, B and Macdonald, LM and Kookana, RS and van Zwieten, L and Butler, G and Joseph, S and Weatherly, T and Kaudal, BB and Regan, A and Cattle, J and Dijkstra, F and Boersma, M and Kimber, S and Keith, A and Esfandbod, M, Opportunities and constraints for biochar technology in Australian agriculture: looking beyond carbon sequestration, 2014 National Soil Science Conference, 23-27 November 2014, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

Abstract

There is limited support for claimed benefits of biochar application to soil based on soil fertility and crop productivity observations made in the Amazonian Black Earth (Terra Preta). The uncertainty of production gains, lack of knowledge about other benefits and other factors have resulted in poor uptake of biochar technology in Australia and elsewhere. This review presents important challenges and opportunities in the adoption of biochar technology for broadacre farming and other sectors in Australia. Emerging and novel applications of biochar have been highlighted so that full benefits of biochar can be achieved. We have also identified some priority research areas that needs immediate attention in order to realise the full potential of biochar technology in agriculture and other sectors in Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:biochar, agriclture
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural Production
Research Field:Horticultural Crop Growth and Development
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production
Objective Field:Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plant Production
Author:Boersma, M (Dr Mark Boersma)
ID Code:90721
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2014-04-17
Last Modified:2014-06-25
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