Effect of biochar on soil chemical properties and nutrient availability in sandstone and shale derived soils

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Effect of biochar on soil chemical properties and nutrient availability in sandstone and shale derived soils

Zafar Ullah, Muhammad Akmal, Muzaffar Ahmed, Mohammad Ali, Aurang Zaib Jamali, Tariq Ziad
J. Bio. Env. Sci.12( 4), 96-103, April 2018.
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A field study was conducted at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture university (Research Farm Koont Chakwal, Pakistan) to investigate the effect of two different types of biochar on soil chemical properties and nutrient availability during kharief season 2013-14. Two types of biochar were used wheat straw biochar (@ 5 and 10 t ha-1 and sugarcane bagasse biochar @ 5 and 10 t ha-1. Both types of biochar had no significant (P<0.05) change on soil pH, while electrical conductivity (EC) and total organic carbon (TOC) differed significantly (P<0.05) at higher rates i.e. 10 t ha-1 on both types of biochar. Nitrate-nitrogen and extractable potassium (K) did not significantly increased but available phosphorus (P), extractable zinc (Zn), iron (Fe), copper (Cu) and manganese (Mn) showed positive significant change. Soil treated with sugarcane bagasse biochar at @ 10 t ha-1 had greater TOC, EC, available P, zinc and copper.


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