so great about biochar?
density carbon, provides long term nutrition and housing for soil
as a porosity agent, aerating dense soils
8-10 times its weight in water, reducing water demands,
CO2 for up to 10,000 years
as a physical filter for sediment in water and other liquids
the pH in soils.
for your garden - Great for the environment
is charcoal created by pyrolysis of biomass. The resulting charcoal-like
material is a form of carbon capture and storage. Charcoal is a
stable solid, rich in carbon content, and thus, can be used to lock
carbon in the soil. Biochar is of increasing interest because of
concerns about climate change caused by emissions of carbon dioxide
(CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHG).
Biochar is a high-carbon, fine-grained residue which today is produced
through modern pyrolysis processes. Pyrolysis is the direct thermal
decomposition of biomass in the absence of oxygen to obtain an array
of solid (biochar), liquid (bio-oil) and gas (syngas) products.
is a dense, virtually inert carbon source providing nutrients and
shelter for the millions of microbes that inhabit soil. The physical
structure provides aeration for the soil and retains water. MBST
Biochar sequesters CO2, nitrous oxide and methane for thousands
of years thus reducing the carbon footprint of any environment where
used. MBST Biochar can be used in combination with MBST Extract
(biostimulants) in bioremediation programs.
production is designed as part of a comprehensive biomass management
program that can include yard waste, wood waste, mixed food kitchen
or commissary waste and other forms of biomass, reducing land fill
on the makeup of the biomass the pyrolysis operation can be energy
positive and carbon negative.
can be used alone worked into the soil, mixed with potting or bedding
soil or used as part of a soil less potting mix. When mixed with
compost the combination makes an excellent top dressing for depleted
solutions generate products that are chemical free, good for
the environment and safe for use around children and pets.
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is charcoal created by pyrolysis of biomass, and differs from charcoal
only in the sense that its primary use is not for fuel, but for
biosequestration or atmospheric carbon capture and storage. Charcoal
is a stable solid rich in carbon content, and thus, can be used
to lock carbon in the soil.
is of increasing interest because of concerns about climate change
caused by emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse
gases (GHG). Carbon dioxide capture also ties up large amounts of
oxygen and requires energy for injection (as via carbon capture
and storage), whereas the biochar process breaks into the carbon
dioxide cycle, thus releasing oxygen as did coal formation hundreds
of millions of years ago.
used to be produced using centuries-old techniques by smoldering
biomass (i.e., covering burning biomass with soil and letting it
smolder). The ancient method for producing biochar as a soil additive
was the “pit” or “trench” method, which
created terra preta, or dark soil.
Amazonian Natives used biochar to enhance soil productivity and
made it by smoldering agricultural waste. European settlers called
it Terra Preta de Indio.
the pre-Columbian Amazon region, the common agricultural management
practice for the natives was slash and burn. Farming the rainforest
until they depleted the soil and then they would slash and burn
some more. When they began to slash and char instead they never
had to slash anymore. They were able to produce constantly on that
biochar enhanced land.
reason contemporary scientists began to look into biochar is because
they found it in the soil, 10,000 years after it was produced. They
were able to trace its production back to the pre-Columbian Amazon,
slash and char practice a practice that is over 10,000 years old.