Amelioration of calcareous sandy soil productivity via incorporation between biochar and some organic manures

  • Abu El-Eyuoon Abu Zied AminEmail author
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  1. Implications of Biochar Application to Soil Environment under Arid Conditions


Most arid and semi-arid soils, especially calcareous sandy soils, are widely distributed in the Middle East region; the deficiency in their content of many nutrients particularly phosphorus and organic matter limits crops production. This study aimed to assess the effects of adding biochar (B) with farmyard manure (FYM) and poultry manure (PM) on some soil properties, phosphorus (P) availability, and barley growth in calcareous sandy soil. The pot experiment includes the following treatments: Control, B, B + FYM (1:1), B + PM (1:1), B + FYM (2:1), B + PM (2:1), FYM + B (2:1), and PM + B (2:1). Biochar combined with FYM and PM enhanced the water holding capacity (WHC) and soil organic matter (SOM) content in calcareous sandy soil. Phosphorus availability was increased significantly by applying biochar mixed with farmyard manure and poultry manure at all treatments. Green biomass of barley improved because of adding biochar alone, poultry manure alone, and biochar co-applied with poultry manure at all mixing ratios. Biochar application caused significant increases in phosphorus use efficiency (PUE) by barley plants compared to all other treatments, except for the control. We recommend adding biochar either individually or mixed with poultry manure to improve the productivity of calcareous sandy soil.


Barley Biochar Biomass Phosphorus use efficiency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Soils and Water Department, Faculty of AgricultureAssiut UniversityAssiutEgypt

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