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Scientists of FEFU suggest increasing the fertility of Primorye soils with the help of biochar

The scientists of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) are exploring the possibilities of using biochar to increase fertility and solve the problem of waterlogging in Primorye, the university press service said on Thursday. The experiment is being conducted by a group of researchers from the School of Natural Sciences (SHEN) of the FEFU at the Primorye Vegetable Experimental Station of VNII Vegetable Growing in Artem.

“The use of biochar (black porous substance obtained by burning organic waste in anoxic conditions) in agriculture allows improving the water-physical properties of the soil, its temperature regime. Primorye is rich in fertile soils, but a big problem is their waterlogging. We believe that the introduction of biochar into the soil can make the soils of the region more productive, ”explained in a message the explanations of the Associate Professor of the Department of Soil Science of SHEN FEFU Victoria Semal.

At the Primorsky vegetable experimental station, long-term field experiments on the application of different types of fertilizers are carried out. At the suggestion of FEFU scientists, a new substance was introduced into these soils. Within three years, researchers will observe the increase in biomass and the quality of the product, depending on the amount of biochar used.

The project is implemented within the framework of the Far Eastern Climate Smart lab, established in FEFU in 2016. Its task is the scientific provision of effective environmental policy, development of agriculture and food security in the Far East of Russia and in the Asia-Pacific region. The laboratory is headed by the leading scientist in the field of studying global climate change, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 Riccardo Valentini.