SA Composters Biochar

SA Composters and Biochar


Since 2004 SA Composters have been developing a pyrolysis (click here to view our pyrolysis page) machine to convert some of our mulch into charcoal or Biochar.  The aim is to create an input into our Organic Potting Mix and Garden Soil that will darken the products at the same time as improving performance.  


Agricultural trials (see links below) promise an increase in productive capacity for amended soils.  The secret seems to be the massive surface area of the Biochar to house microbial populations.  It has been compared to a coral reef within the soil that acts as a host for a diverse ecosystem of fungi and bacteria (see link below) and is understood to be of very long term benefit.


Biochar Links


CSIRO Biochar Fact sheet - Click here to view

Radio National ABC Biochar Program - Click here to view

National Geographic Documentary on Terra Preta and Biochar - Click here to view

Australian Parliamentary Library: Basics of Biochar - Click here to view

Wikipedia overview of Biochar - Click here to view

Wikipedia overview of Terra Preta - Click here to view

The Promise of Biochar; Part 1: Youtube video - Click here to view

The Promise of Biochar; Part 2: Yoube video - Click here to view

Biochar Organisations


International Biochar Initiative - Click here to view

Australia and New Zealand Biochar Researchers Network - Click here to view

E Genesis Industries: Biochar and Terra Preta (video, articles and research papers) - Click here to view

Biochar Fund - Click here to view

Biochar Farms - Click here to view

National Society of Consulting Soil Scientits - Click here to view

Cascadia Biochar - Click here to view

Organic Biochar Development - Click here to view - Click here to view


Other Links



Biochar: The Key to Carbon-Negative Biofuels (explanation of coral reef structure) - Click here to view

Northern Rivers Echo - Biochar Trials - Click here to view

Beyond Zero Emissions: Carbon Negative Farming - Click here to view


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