Role of biochar and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria to enhance soil carbon sequestrationa review

Rubab Sarfraz, Azhar Hussain, Asma Sabir, Ibtissem Ben Fekih, Allah Ditta, Shihe Xing

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Global climate is undergoing significant changes due to extensive release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as CO2 and methane in the atmosphere. These gases are produced and released as a result of anthropogenic activities and fossil fuel burnings which also result in depletion of soil carbon resources. Biochar has various distinctive properties, which contribute to make it an effective, economical, and eco-friendly approach for soil carbon sequestration. The versatility in physicochemical properties of biochar provides an opportunity to optimize its efficacy to obtain desired benefits. A critical review of the literature indicates that biochar and plant growth-promoting microbes have the potential to improve soil organic carbon (SOC). Recent studies have depicted a significant role of the combined application of plant growth-promoting microbes and biochar on SOC dynamics. In future, these areas need to be explored as these have the potential to improve SOC dynamics and it could be a better strategy to sustain natural resources and ultimately mitigation of the climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number251
Number of pages13
JournalEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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