Biochar

Our certified plant-charcoal (European Biochar Certificate EBC)

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Biochar is produced by the pyrolytic carbonization of pure plan-waste materials. Biochar is a specially, certified pyro-carbons characterized by ecologically sustainable production, stringent quality-control and specific operating conditions. Our Biochar or organic charcoal is used in the agriculture to improve the farm soil since it serves as a carrier for organic fertilizers and it helps in the composting and in the fixation of manure in the soil. Thus it serves as a nutrient supplement for the soil. When the biochar is incorporated into agricultural soils, more than 80% of its carbon content remains in the soil, stable for more than 1000 years and thus represents a way to avoid that the C originally assimilated in plants reaches the atmosphere in the form of CO2. Thus in the long term, it slows down climate change.

Application of Biochar in animal farming:

Food additive:

  • It helps the digestion of the animals.

Infill:

  • Binds aggressive odors and binds urea.

Application in agriculture:

Soil conditioner:

  • Pure plant-charcoal serves as carriers for natural fertilizer as well as for the composting and nutrient fixation of manure.

Terra Preta the Fertile Black Earth:

  • Biochar mixed with compost and earth results in a very fertile soil, known as Terra Preta“ because of its dark color. This mixture can be used also in the garden.

The introduction of biochar into agricultural soils has very positive effects on soil activity, soil health and yield capacity. In scientific studies, the following advantages have been demonstrated for soil cultures:

  • Significantly improves the water storage capacity of the soils, which could result in the drying periods which are increasingly threatened by climate change, even in Switzerland, without any significant crop losses.
  • Increase in the soil bacteria found in the niches of the highly porous coal protected habitat, thereby promoting the nutrient conversion for the plants.
  • Increase in root mycorrhizae (a symbiotic association between a fungi and the roots of a host plant). This ensures improved water and mineral intake as well as an effective protection against plant pests.
  • Adsorption of toxic soils such as OCP  and heavy metals, thereby improving food quality and groundwater protection.
  • Higher soil aeration as well as better activity of N-bacteria and a clear reduction of climate-damaging methane and nitrous oxide emissions.
  • Improved nutrient dynamics, resulting in increased plant growth as well as climate and groundwater protection.
  • Improved plant health through induced resistance.