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Back in Black: An Ancient Fix for Modern Agricultural Sustainability?

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Sebastian Behrens explores how biochar soil amendment affects microbial nitrogen cycling.

Hidden throughout the rainforests of Brazil lie patches of unusually vital soil. Thousands of years ago, Amazonian farmers amended these humble plots of land with charcoal – a surprisingly effective soil management strategy. Today, rich and black against the tawny earth that surrounds them, these isolated acres of “Terra Preta” somehow retain their intense fertility. Consequently, biotechnologists are taking an interest in this old agricultural approach, hoping to make modern agriculture more sustainable and find “new” ways to mitigate global climate change.

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