Soil Enhancement and Effect of Biochar on the Growth of Soybean (Glycine max L.)

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Allohverdi, Tara
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University of Guelph

Biochar production is a technology that traps atmospheric-carbon and adds to soils to form carbon sinks. Biochar endures in soils and helps mitigate climate change. It can be derived from sources like agricultural waste, forest by-products, and industrial/ municipal waste. Despite the existence of comprehensive literature, it is desirable to know more about physicochemical properties of biochars. Thus, this work is divided into two objectives: 1) to conduct a review on biochar used as a soil amendment, and 2) to present results based on an experimental study in which different sources of biochar were used to enhance the properties of a sandy- loam soil. The second objective, looks at the characterization of biochar in terms of morphology & physicochemical properties in relation to soil amendment, using the case of two cultivars of soybean. The need to establish mitigation strategies is vital before climate changes proceeds.

Soybean, Sustainability, climate change, biochar, biocarbon, soil amendment
Allohverdi, T., Mohanty, A.K., Roy, P., Misra, M. A Review on Current Status of Biochar Uses in Agriculture. Molecules 2021, 26, 5584.