An index-based approach to assessing recalcitrance and soil carbon sequestration potential of engineered black carbons (biochars).

@article{Harvey2012AnIA,
  title={An index-based approach to assessing recalcitrance and soil carbon sequestration potential of engineered black carbons (biochars).},
  author={Omar R Harvey and Li-Jung Kuo and Andrew R Zimmerman and Patrick Louchouarn and James E. Amonette and Bruce E. Herbert},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2012},
  volume={46 3},
  pages={1415-21}
}
The ability of engineered black carbons (or biochars) to resist abiotic and, or biotic degradation (herein referred to as recalcitrance) is crucial to their successful deployment as a soil carbon sequestration strategy. A new recalcitrance index, the R(50), for assessing biochar quality for carbon sequestration is proposed. The R(50) is based on the relative thermal stability of a given biochar to that of graphite and was developed and evaluated with a variety of biochars (n = 59), and soot… CONTINUE READING
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