Skip to main content

Biochar Amendment for Productivity:

Biochar Amendment to Enhance Tomato and Melon Productivity and Protect Against Phytophthora Root Rot Disease

Background: Biochar is often marketed as a “sustainable soil amendment” - a claim that should be backed up by peer-reviewed scientific trials. Utah Biomass Resources Group, USU Extension, and the USU Botanical Center (Kaysville) were interested in investigating if biochar (when added as a soil amendment), would impact two commonly grown crops in northern Utah: melons and lettuce. The biochar used in this study was made from cherry wood and was pyrolyized at varying temperatures 375°, 475°, 575° C.

Objective: To determine if biochar added at varying levels impacted vegetable productivity and to determine if the biochar created at different pyrolysis temperatures impacted the results.

Partners: Britney Hunter, Grant Cardon, Marion Murray, Diane Alson, Darren McAvoy, Shawn Olsen, USU Botanical Center, Kaysville, Utah Biomass Resources Group