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Biochar can be tailor-made for range of environmental benefits, research shows

A low-cost, versatile type of charcoal known as biochar can be tailored for specific uses including treating water, removing contaminants from soil and even storing carbon, according to new research by University of Alberta scientists.  "First, biochar is an excellent sorbent, meaning that it can be very effective for removing pollutants and contaminants from water," said geochemist Daniel Alessi, who holds the Encana Chair in Water Resources at the U of A. "Second, it has the potential to increase agricultural fertility, removing contaminants and adding concentrated nutrients to soil."  Read more...

 

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