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AFRICAN BOXTHORN BIOCHAR

The aim of the trial was to look at the ease in which African Boxthorn, once removed from infected areas could be pyrolised into biochar. This trial focused on materials handling and pyrolysis of the African Boxthorn plant. 

 

 

AVOCADO TRIALS

Avocado field trial conducted to measure: Productivity gains from biologically active soil initiated through biochar-activated compost in an avocado orchard.

 

DOUG POW

Soil Health Champion

Manjimup farmer Doug Pow has discovered how to store carbon in the soil, reduce methane emissions from his cattle and improve the productivity of his whole farm.

 

Dr PAUL BLACKWELL TRIALS

Preliminary trial results in Western Australia show a low rate of banded biochar applied with an intermediate level of starter fertiliser may be sufficient to increase wheat yields on sandy soils by 10 per cent or more.

Dr Paul Blackwell, of the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), says adding a small amount of biochar (about one tonne per hectare at a paddock rate) appears to improve the efficiency of starter

fertiliser.

 

 
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Early trials in Western Australia were based on cereal production in the wheatbelt regions. More recently, academic research and farmer investigations have included biochar being used as a livestock feed additive, incorporated in compost, applied to horticulture and tree crops, to create slow-release fertilisers and in aquaculture to use as a filter improving water quality and as a substrate for the growth of marron’s microbiological diet.

BNWA Inc will strive to keep you abreast of developments.

 

 

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This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program

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