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The potential of biochar for plant and food production

The potential of biochar for plant and food production

Pyrolysis is a process for converting a wide range of biomass into energy. The process generates oil, gas and a by-product called biochar. This biochar – charcoal of biological origin – could be of huge interest for the agriculture and horticulture sectors. Indeed, applied to soil or growing matter, biochar could increase water retention capacity and the natural microbial life of the plant. It can also have beneficial effects for the plants themselves through the reduction of diseases or stresses, as well as the stimulation of some (plant) metabolic pathways.

Biochar varies depending on the process and the biomass feedstock used. It means that the effects of biochar have to be demonstrated under numerous, specified conditions. BioenNW partner RITTMO Agroenvironnement is a specialist in agricultural and horticultural inputs and, as part of its participations in the BioenNW project, is currently conducting research into the potential and benefits of biochar to assist and improve plant and food production. We assist biochar producers and agricultural products manufacturers who are keen to learn more about the effects of biochar and to determine the market for biochar as an interesting and innovative agricultural and horticultural product.

BioenNW project and RITTMO Agroenvironnement: for a link between new energy and agriculture of tomorrow.

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Words by Romain Boully
RITTMO Agroenvironnement, France