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DEVELOPMENTS IN BIOCHAR APPLICATION FOR PESTICIDE REMEDIATION: CURRENT KNOWLEDGE AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
Varjani, S., G. Kumar, and E.R. Rene.
Journal of Environmental Management 232:505-513(2019)

This review provides comprehensive information on biochar amendment for the remediation of persistent organic pollutants, such as pesticides. Following a brief introduction of different types of pesticides and their hazards to life forms, biochar production and its characteristics and applications are detailed. Biochar addition in a pesticide-contaminated environment offers the following advantages: increased soil water-holding capacity, improved soil aeration conditions, and habitat provision for microorganism growth, thereby facilitating the microbial community for metabolic activities and pesticide degradation. This paper also provides an up-to-date review of knowledge gaps and future research directions to evaluate the effect of biochar addition on environmental and agricultural performance.



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