Bamboo-based Charcoal Production
National Mission on Bamboo Applications, InfoSheet IS 03 09/05, India

Charcoal made from bamboo finds ready uses and markets. It has been made for thousands of years in pits and even shallow depressions. Specially designed brick kilns, developed and tested by the National Mission on Bamboo Applications (NMBA), provide an opportunity to make high-quality charcoal from bamboo in an efficient, safe and reliable manner.

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Terra Preta and Ants - Rooftop Experiments
Dr. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, India, December 13, 2007

Dear All,
After the successful field trials in Alkaline soils , I have just started second season TP experiments on a small scale on our Roof top in small pots The charcoal is exclusively from use of Magh-1 woodgas or smoke burner stove designed by me. I would like to share some of my immediate observations.


Alkaline Soils - Terra Preta
N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, Update June 26, 2007
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India: Making Charcoal from Prosopis Juliflora
N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, India April 30, 2007
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Conversion of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) into Charcoal & Producer Gas
Jalaj Kr. Chaturvedi, Shivam Enterprises, Kolkata, April 3, 2007
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Biofertilizers: Are they here to stay?
Alok Adholeya & Deepak Pant, Biotechnology & Management of Bioresources, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi
in Biotech News, Newsletter of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Vol II No. 1 February 2007


This is the simplest and convenient method for farmers to convert the crop residue / biomass in the farm lands into Biochar 'Biochar Trench Earth Mound' / 'Staggered Biochar Trench Earth Mound' of 2 to 3 feet depth and 1.5 to 2 feet width could be made using simple tools in a agriculture fields. (deeper trenches can also be made) It is more convenient to make such trenches after ploughing the field. Trenches perpendicular to the slopes also benefit the steep sloppy areas as water harvesting means. All the crop residue otherwise burnt openly can be collected and dumped into these trenches lengthwise. More biomass can be added by pushing it with a stick. Once the trench is filled with biomass and compact, should be covered by grass / weeds / broad leaves / etc. After covering it up, soil should be spread on the trench, a lengthy mound is created. Some water could be used to make the soil compact and for sealing the mound of biomass. A small hole is left open for lighting the biomass at one end and at the other end a very small opening is left open. Once it is lit, white smoke starts emitting at the other end. Small holes to be made in a biochar lenghty trench at every 10 to 15 feet in a biochar trench and light it. Or one could create staggered trenches of 10 to 15 feet in length instead of lengthy single trenches. After 24 hours the biomass is converted into biochar, also one could see that the mound height also reduces. Any little smoke or embers should be quenched with water or covered with soil while removing the biochar from the trench.


Symbiosis between Frankia and actinorhizal plants: Root nodules of non-legumes
K Pawlowski & A Sirrenberg, Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, Vol. 41, October 2003, pp. 1165-1183


A Study of Biopesticides and Biofertilisers in Haryana, India
Ghayur Alam 2000

The use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers in Indian agriculture has seen a sharp
increase in recent years. In some areas, such as Haryana, Punjab and west Uttar
Pradesh, it has reached alarming levels. The heavy use of these chemicals has already
caused grave damage to health, ecosystems and ground water. It is therefore increasingly
urgent that environmentally friendly methods of improving soil fertility and pests and
disease control are used.


Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Use
Krishniworld, The Pulse of Indian Agriculture



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