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  • Biochar may boost carbon storage, but benefits to germination and growth appear scant

    Illinois Sustainable Technology Center researchers Elizabeth Meschewski, left, and Nancy Holm and collaborators developed a systematic study to test the effectiveness of the soil additive biochar and found that it may not be as effective as previously thought.

    Illinois Sustainable Technology Center researchers Elizabeth Meschewski, left, and Nancy Holm and collaborators developed a systematic study to test the effectiveness of the soil additive biochar and found that it may not be as effective as previously thought.

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  • To reach Elizabeth Meschewski, call 217-333-7403; elm2@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Pyrolysis biochar has negligible effects on soil greenhouse gas production, microbial communities, plant germination, and initial seedling growth” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.04.031