Biochar for soil microbes

I recently learned about some research that has studied biochar as a soil amendment.  Basically, they’ve burned wood using incomplete combustion. Sort of like when you put water on a campfire to put it out and the result is some charcoal for your breakfast fire.  Adding the charred wood to soil provides structure for microbes to use and live in within the soil.  With the current emphasis on soil health in rangelands, perhaps we can use the biochar approach to encourage the burning and eradication of woody plants in grasslands. Maybe….we can even reduce the effects of climate change in the process.

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