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Practicality of Biochar Additions to Enhance Soil and Crop Productivity

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  • David M. Filiberto

    () (Employment and Disability Institute, ILR School, Cornell University, 306 Dolgen Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA)

  • John L. Gaunt

    () (Carbon Consulting LLC, 304 The Parkway, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA)

Abstract

The benefits of biochar to soils for agricultural purposes are numerous. Biochar may be added to soils with the intention to improve the soil, displace an amount of conventional fossil fuel based fertilizers, and sequester carbon. However, the variable application rates, uncertain feedstock effects, and initial soil state provide a wide range of cost for marginally improved yield from biochar additions, which is often economically impracticable. The need for further clarity on optimizing biochar application to various crop yields is necessary if it is to gain widespread acceptance as a soil amendment.

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  • David M. Filiberto & John L. Gaunt, 2013. "Practicality of Biochar Additions to Enhance Soil and Crop Productivity," Agriculture, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(4), pages 1-11, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jagris:v:3:y:2013:i:4:p:715-725:d:29638
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    1. Johannes Lehmann & John Gaunt & Marco Rondon, 2006. "Bio-char Sequestration in Terrestrial Ecosystems – A Review," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 11(2), pages 395-419, March.
    2. Day, Danny & Evans, Robert J. & Lee, James W. & Reicosky, Don, 2005. "Economical CO2, SOx, and NOx capture from fossil-fuel utilization with combined renewable hydrogen production and large-scale carbon sequestration," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 30(14), pages 2558-2579.
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    1. Roberto Volpe & Simona Messineo & Maurizio Volpe & Antonio Messineo, 2015. "Carbon Footprint of Tree Nuts Based Consumer Products," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(11), pages 1-18, November.
    2. repec:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2018:i:5:p:1331-:d:143188 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    biochar; carbon sequestration; economic analysis; soil amendment;

    JEL classification:

    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture
    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q14 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Finance
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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