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Biochar for soil fertility and natural carbon sequestration

February 17, 2011

Biochar is charcoal (similar to chars generated by forest fires) that is made for incorporation into soils to increase soil fertility while providing natural carbon sequestration. The incorporation of biochar into soils can preserve and enrich soils and also slow the rate at which climate change is affecting our planet. Studies on biochar, such as those cited by this report, are applicable to both fire science and soil science.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2011
Title Biochar for soil fertility and natural carbon sequestration
DOI 10.3133/fs20103117
Authors C.E. Rostad, D.W. Rutherford
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2010-3117
Index ID fs20103117
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Hydrology Branch of Hydrologic Research; Toxic Substances Hydrology Program