Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2019)
Role of biochar in agricultural production and impact on environment: A mini review
Author(s): CK Dotaniya, Rajeev K Niranjan, Abhishek Khandagle, Uttam Kumar, Sandeep Mohbe, Priyanka Jadon, RK Doutaniya
Abstract: Biochar is a solid material obtained from the carbonization of biomass. Biochar can be an important tool to increase food security and cropland diversity in areas with severely depleted soils, scarce organic resources, and inadequate water and chemical fertilizer supplies. Biochar may be added to soils with the intention to improve the soil health, improve soil fertility, and sequester carbon. Biochar also improves water quality and quantity by increasing soil retention of nutrients and agrochemicals for plant and crop utilization. More nutrients stay in the soil instead of leaching into groundwater and causing pollution.