Biochar could be answer for improving impaired soils, research indicates


Biochar is a new-old substance that is coming under increased scrutiny at places like Iowa State University. ISU’s David Laird says biochar, which is basically charcoal, improves the water-holding and nutrient-holding capacity of the soil and could be effective in mitigating problem soils. Biochar currently is used only in horticulture, but an increase in manufacturing facilities and economies of scale could make it more practical for row crops. He spoke on the subject at ISU’s Integrated Crop Management Conference in Ames, Iowa.

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Erich J. Knight (not verified)
on Dec 8, 2012

At the Sonoma Biochar conference, The cutting edge Pyro/Catalytic Biochar technology shown off was to good to be true, However Google, General electric & BP believe it is.
here is my presentation at the last US Biochar Conference in Sonoma California;
"Carbon Conservation for Home, Health, Energy & Climate"

Complementary to my focus on animal feed supplements as practiced by the European and Japanese companies, here is this first in vivo study by Dr.Leng in Australia. This Black Revolution for agriculture could be fermented by our livestock. In the EU, 90% of the Biochar produced is passed through livestock before composting and field application.
Dr. Preston and Dr. Ron Leng have been conducting experiments wherein a 0.64% rice hull biochar (DM basis) was incorporated into cattle feed as a means of reducing enteric methane emissions and enhancing feed conversion. They discovered that biochar reduced methane production by as much as 22%. When nitrate was added to the biochar, the total reduction in methane was 41%. And listen to this: animal weight gain increased by an unbelievable 25%! No doubt, this has to be one the greatest advances in bovine nutrition in the last few decades.

Also to your interest, the Iwamoto company (SuperStoneClean) has been doing soil remediation in Fukushima Japan, concentrating the cesium to magnetic ash. Additionally, the video below, shows their work in remediating salt damage from the tsunami itself.
Fields Flourish Again
A company in Gifu prefecture has developed a machine that's helping with the recovery of agriculture in Japan's northeast.

Please take a look at this YouTube video by the CEO of CoolPlanet Biofuels, guided by Google's Ethos and funding, along with GE, BP and Conoco, they are now building the reactors that convert 1 ton of biomass to 75 gallons of bio – gasoline and 1/3 ton Biochar for soil carbon sequestration. They claim that the price of production, from field to tank is $1.25/gallon.

If it's good enough for Google… It's good enough for me;

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