College of Resources and Environment, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China
*Corresponding Author: Muhammad Shaaban, College of Resources and Environment, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.
Received: May 03, 2018; Published: June 01, 2018
Citation: Muhammad Shaaban. “Biochar: A Tool for Improving Soil Fertility". Acta Scientific Agriculture 2.7 (2018).
Sustainable agriculture is a main concern at present all over the world. Soil fertility is vital for sustainable agriculture. Continuous soil cultivation has resulted in several problems including soil degradation, soil acidification, depletion of soil organic matter, as well as soil erosion. Soil organic matter depletion can also result in the decreased aggregate stability. Composts and manures are usually applied to arable lands to get benefits of adding nutrients and organic matter for improving soil fertility. However, most of manures and composts contain heavy metals and pathogens which are contaminants for agricultural lands and thereby decline soil fertility. Furthermore, manures can also substantially release greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4 and N2O) into atmosphere causing global warming. Therefore, it is essential to counteract soil degradation by sustainable methods and strategies
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