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  •  Biochar not a panacea (1+ / 0-)
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    In fact the research on the use of biochar in agricultural production systems is mixed at best.

    Additionally, it takes a lot of energy to create the biochar. It is not necessarily an environmentally neutral process.  With the proper feedstocks pyrolysis can produce some interesting biofuels/biochemicals and leave biochar as a byproduct.  However based on the conditions within the pyrolysis system and the feedstock, fresh biochar contains a lot of volatile organic compounds that will diffuse out over extended periods of time.  These VOCs are not necessarily good for the soil.

    It appears that the proposed soil quality benefits of biochar additions will come in some time after application.

    -4.9, -5.7. Hominem unius libri timeo (I fear the man of one book) - Saint Thomas Aquinas

    by envwq on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:04:19 AM PST

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    •  True, not a panacea (1+ / 0-)
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      But it deserves quite a bit more study.

      All that you mention could keep many researchers and engineers quite busy for quite a while.  But it's not.  A few research programs at a few institutions are begging the granting agencies, and after competing with all the other proposals, come home with a few dollars to support a couple of graduate students.  

      At that rate, we are not going to solve our environmental problems.  

      •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

        We always need more $$ for research.  Unfortunately those $$ are drying up and going to things that can be immediately patentable and profitable...

        -4.9, -5.7. Hominem unius libri timeo (I fear the man of one book) - Saint Thomas Aquinas

        by envwq on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:15:30 AM PST

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