Application of Novel Biochars from Maize Straw Mixed with Fermentation Wastewater for Soil Health

  • Yuan Zhou
  • Yajun Tian
  • Liqiu Zhang
  • Yongze Liu
  • Li FengEmail author
Part of the Applied Environmental Science and Engineering for a Sustainable Future book series (AESE)


Recently more and more researches have focused on the preparation of novel biochars for specific use in soil amendment. A series of novel biochars (MS) produced by maize straw mixed with different fermentation wastewater are introduced for their preparation and application for soil health. Preparation methods of novel biochars include physical activation, chemical activation, and blending modification. Physical activations are more efficient than chemical activations in enhancing pristine biochar’s surface structure, while the chemical activations are more capable in creating special functional groups. Blending modification method, mixing different kinds of additives with waste biomass together before pyrolysis, is usually used to increase the nutrient contents. The modified novel biochars have excellent properties such as high surface area and pore volume, rich functional groups, and high nutrient contents. The application of novel biochars to soil can improve soil fertility, promote plant growth, and increase crop yield. After the application of the novel MS biochars in soil, the contents of soil organic carbon and nitrogen were significantly increased. The addition of 5% novel biochar to soil showed the best performance for ryegrass growth and H2O2 enzymatic activity enhancement.


Novel biochars Maize straw Fermentation wastewater Soil health H2O2 enzymatic activity 



This work was supported by Education Committee of Beijing, China (2015GJ-02), and the Special S&T Project on Treatment and Control of Water Pollution (2013ZX07201007-003) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan Zhou
    • 1
  • Yajun Tian
    • 1
  • Liqiu Zhang
    • 1
  • Yongze Liu
    • 1
  • Li Feng
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Engineering Research Center for Water Pollution Source Control and Eco-remediation, College of Environmental Science & EngineeringBeijing Forestry UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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