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Biochar Archives - Holly Farrell

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Biochar 2016

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The Synergy of Science and Industry: Biochar’s Connection to Ecology, Soil, Food, and Energy
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Biochar 2016 in Corvallis Oregon.
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Biochar Investment for Drought-Proofing Soil

Biochar is usually thought of as a soil amendment, similar to compost or lime. But unlike most soil amendments, biochar is stable in soil and it accumulates when more is added every year.

Biochar has been shown to increase the water holding capacity (WHC) of soil in a linear fashion – the more biochar you add, the more water the soil will hold. In this sense, biochar could be seen as a capital investment in soil infrastructure.

In regions like California where drought can be severe and is increasing with climate change, biochar should be part of a package of agricultural infrastructure investments that includes precision irrigation systems. Taken together, more efficient irrigation and biochar may allow fields and orchards to survive periods of very low water availability.

Biochar has many other advantages over alternative drought measures:
1. Unlike an irrigation system, biochar requires no annual maintenance.
2. Biochar also increases the water use efficiency (WUE) of plants because it encourages the growth of roots and root symbionts such as mycorrhizal fungi.
3. Biochar relieves soil salinity by several mechanisms including the binding of salts.
4. Additionally, biochar improves soil nutrient retention and uptake by plants.
5. Biochar can also induce systemic plant resistance to disease and infection. 
6. Biochar promotes humification of soil organic matter, so its benefits increase over time.

The State of California is taking various measures to address the severe drought of 2014. One measure will be grants and subsidies to farmers to improve water delivery systems. But this only addresses the challenge of efficiently getting the reduced water allocation to the field. Better use of water in the field can only be addressed through soil additives like compost or biochar. Compost is helpful, but it must be reapplied with every crop.

An economic return analysis would reveal that biochar pays for itself rather quickly as a drought-proofing measure. Done on a large scale, biochar could help save California agriculture. The cost of applying biochar strategically over time will likely be comparable to the cost of upgrading irrigation systems. Without biochar, more efficient water delivery alone will not be enough to compensate for the reduction in water allocations, now and in the future.

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Ms.Kelpie Wilson
Wilson Biochar Associates

 

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Part 1 of 6 - Lucia Stove Demonstration at Globe Forum HQ - YouTube

A fantastic presentation of the LuciaStove by Nathaniel Mulcahy. A carbon negative energy solution For developing nations. Part 1 of 6
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Part of a 6 video set on youtube.

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Biochar increases arbuscular mycorrhizal plant growth enhancement and ameliorates salinity stress

Biochar ameliorates plant salinity stress and increases #mycorrhizal effectiveness http://t.co/Yze4mbwL2V
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Biochar As An Alternative to Irrigation in Extreme Drought Conditions

Biochar As An Alternative to Irrigation in Extreme Drought Conditions | BioChar | Scoop.it
Climate change is and will continue to have a significant influence on global ecosystems, including grape growing.  What makes predicting the effects of climate change difficult is that it is not g...
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Biochar Factsheet - Grains Research & Development Corporation

Biochar Factsheet - Grains Research & Development Corporation | BioChar | Scoop.it
In some soil types biochar has the potential to enhance soil fertility, increase soil carbon storage anddecrease greenhouse gas emissions.
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Biochar, Fertilizer and Greenhouse Gas Recovery

Biochar, Fertilizer and Greenhouse Gas Recovery | BioChar | Scoop.it
We are working on a joint collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Keele University and Pressvess, a heavy engineering Company in the Black Country. The project has...
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The Precautionary Principle & Biochar & Climate Change

The Precautionary Principle & Biochar & Climate Change | BioChar | Scoop.it
Academics & commercializers are often on opposite ends of the risk tolerance scale and biochar is no exception!
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Installing an Urban Food Forest using Soil Reef Biochar with Feed the Burbs

Installing an Urban Food Forest in Pottstown, PA Working with Feed The Burbs, Permanent Future Institute, and Mosaic Community Garden with Soil Reef ...
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Jagannath K The Natural Farmer - Tropics - #15 Food Forest with Biochar Hugelkultur

The Tropics cycle nutrient faster than anywhere on the planet. Often times too fast. Biochar can help. In this video Jagannath walks you through the creation of a ...
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Berthoud-based Biochar Now raises new funding as it seeks to scale up production - BizWest Media

Berthoud-based Biochar Now raises new funding as it seeks to scale up production - BizWest Media | BioChar | Scoop.it
BERTHOUD — Biochar Now LLC, the latest venture of Loveland serial entrepreneur Bill Beierwaltes, has raised $500,000 in new equity funding as...
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Top Reason Why Biochar Doesn't Increase Crop Yields & 5 Ways to Fix it

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with you the top reason why biochar does not always work for people in their garden and 5 ways you can ...
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PurFire. Smoke-free burning and fuels reduction.

PurFire. Smoke-free burning and fuels reduction. | BioChar | Scoop.it
PurFire specializes in the smoke-free burning of slash and woody debris from site clearing, fuels reduction, landscaping, and maintenance.
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A way to go to the land and convert dead trees to biochar to supplement the soils.

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Ithaka-Journal für Terroirwein, Biodiversität und Klimafarming » Blog Archiv » 55 Uses of Biochar

Ithaka-Journal für Terroirwein, Biodiversität und Klimafarming » Blog Archiv » 55 Uses of Biochar | BioChar | Scoop.it
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55 ways to use biochar.

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Bangkokpost.com

Latest news, politics, business and sport from Thailand and Asean, plus features, opinion and multimedia from across Southeast Asia.
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Having seen biochar used on pig farms to eliminate smell and flies, the answer to this chicken farm fly problem is quite simply biochar.

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Farms Harvest Cuts in Carbon Dioxide via Soil - Scientific American

Farms Harvest Cuts in Carbon Dioxide via Soil - Scientific American | BioChar | Scoop.it
Farming to improve crops and store more CO2 gains traction
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Biochar: New Applications of an Old Agricultural Practice - Growing Indiana

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Biochar: New Applications of an Old Agricultural Practice - Growing Indiana http://t.co/seAFRp6VUa
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01: Fresh Farm Aquaponics and Biochar with Spencer Curry

01: Fresh Farm Aquaponics and Biochar with Spencer Curry | BioChar | Scoop.it
FRESH Farm Aquaponics in South Glastonbury, Connecticut started with a vision Spencer Curry had for high-quality, organic, and natural food grown locally, all across the world.
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Barista sean blog: How Biochar could answer some of #coffee’s most burning questions via @DailyCoffeeNews #sustainability http://ow.ly/Qk0gJ

Barista sean blog: How Biochar could answer some of #coffee’s most burning questions via @DailyCoffeeNews #sustainability http://ow.ly/Qk0gJ | BioChar | Scoop.it
How Biochar could answer some of #coffee’s most burning questions via DailyCoffeeNews #sustainability … http://t.co/0GD8zjxsYU
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How you can test your biochar

How you can test your biochar | BioChar | Scoop.it
Biochar is found naturally in soils around the world, has been around for thousands of years and is a very important aspect of agricultural production.
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Cook up your garden with 'biochar'? - Sonoma Index-Tribune

Cook up your garden with 'biochar'? - Sonoma Index-Tribune | BioChar | Scoop.it
Yesterday’s folklore, or today’s science? Sometimes they can be virtually the same
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New use for biochar – Biochar as a security device.

New use for biochar – Biochar as a security device. | BioChar | Scoop.it
New use for biochar – Biochar as a security device. Well folks I have done it again. I have found another new use for biochar. Biochar as a security device.
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Kon-Tiki developments in Tasmania

Kon-Tiki developments in Tasmania | BioChar | Scoop.it
Cone kilns, TFOD's, Kon-Tiki, whatever you like to call them, are rapidly becoming popular for biochar production. There are many clever design innovations being demonstrated around the world.
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