Thursday, October 11, 2018 by RJ Jhonson
Compost tea — compost steeped in water — has been used as an amendment for biochar, charcoal that’s used in agriculture as a soil amendment. Evidence of the practice’s positive effects is scarce, prompting researchers to investigate the matter in a study published in Biological Agriculture & Horticulture.
The researchers found that the biochar and microbial enhancement combination had a positive effect on plant growth when matched with the physical and chemical properties of the soil used.
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Edenborn SL, Johnson LMK, Edenborn HM, Albarran-Jack MR, Demetrion LD. AMENDMENT OF A HARDWOOD BIOCHAR WITH COMPOST TEA: EFFECTS ON PLANT GROWTH, INSECT DAMAGE AND THE FUNCTIONAL DIVERSITY OF SOIL MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES. Biological Agriculture & Horticulture. 2017;34(2):88–106. DOI: 10.1080/01448765.2017.1388847