Biochar as soil conditioner for sustainable management of coconut plantations in Sri Lanka: effects on micorrhizae and growth-promoting bacteria

01 October 2017 → 30 September 2021
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Applied mathematics in specific fields
    • Geophysics
    • Physical geography and environmental geoscience
    • Other earth sciences
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
    • Soil sciences, challenges and pollution
  • Engineering and technology
    • Geomatic engineering
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Agriculture, land and farm management
    • Other agriculture, forestry, fisheries and allied sciences
biochar pyrolyzed organic matter soil microbial community mycorrhizae coconut Sri Lanka
Project description

This project aims to test if soil amendment of pyrolysed rice and gliricidia residues exert beneficial effects on growth of coconut trees in by enhancing nutrient availability. Focus is on biomass and activity of arbuscular micorrhizae and plant-growth promoting rhizo-bacteria in a Sri Lankan plantation field trial and by means of pot experiments (FBE-UGent).