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Carbon-based stock feed additives: a research methodology that explores ecologically delivered C biosequestration, alongside live weights, feed use efficiency, soil nutrient retention, and perennial fodder plantations.
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PMID:  20355029     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is considerable interest in reliable and practical methods to sequester carbon (C) into agricultural soils to both reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and improve conventional productivity. This article outlines a research methodology to refine the efficacy and economics of using long-lived C species (biochars) as stock feed additives, produced from farm waste biomass, for ecologically delivered soil biosequestration, while generating renewable bioenergy. This article also draws attention to potential parallel outputs including annual feed use efficiency, fodder species expansion, soil nutrient retention, aquatic habitat protection, and forestry revegetation, using nitrogen-fixing perennial fodder plant species. A methodology to generate parallel results including standing fodder tree C sequestration, optimised production of Acacia spp. biochar, animal growth on high-tannin fodder with biochar feed additives, soil nutrient and stable C fractions, and economics of Acacia spp. bioenergy production. This form of research is contextually dependent on the regional agricultural production system, legislation, and surrounding ecosystem. Therefore, this article suggests the use of a scenario approach to include regionally specific levels of biochar integration with respect to the local prices for C, fossil fuels, meat and livestock, fertilisers, fodder, feed additives, water, renewable energy, revegetation and capital.
Mark P McHenry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the science of food and agriculture     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1097-0010     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Sci. Food Agric.     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-31     Completed Date:  2010-09-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376334     Medline TA:  J Sci Food Agric     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  183-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2009 Society of Chemical Industry.
School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Acacia / metabolism
Agriculture / methods*
Animal Feed*
Body Weight
Conservation of Energy Resources / methods
Conservation of Natural Resources / methods*
Crops, Agricultural*
Energy Metabolism
Nitrogen Fixation
Refuse Disposal
Research Design
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Soil; 0/Tannins; 0/biochar; 16291-96-6/Charcoal

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