Monday, April 18, 2011

Biochar, a new treatment for our vineyards

Albet i Noya continues its in depth research into high level ecological viniculture and it now treats its vines with a preparation based on charcoal coming from wood and all types of organic materials, thanks to a process called "pyrolysis", with which they themselves later make into a compost with manure from ecological cows and therefore avoid antibiotic residues that greatly reduce manure’s microbial activity.

This type of charcoal, also called BIOCHAR, is made with a continuous process machine that transforms any type of organic material into coal, meaning that the CO2 stored in wood is blocked in the soil for 300 years whereas, applying wood directly to the subsoil, the return cycle of CO2 to the atmosphere is just 10 years, therefore producing C02 storage that reduces the CO2 emission levels in crops and wine production, which, according to Josep Maria Albet::" With this new technique we can achieve emission levels of 0 and we believe that it could even generate rights to surplus CO2 that could even be sold to reduce emissions caused by other activities.”

It should be remembered that a gram of coal has a surface area of 300 m2 spread over fine layers full of micro capsules that, once composted with manure, store a large quantity of micro organisms that significantly increase the biological activity of the soil and therefore its fertility.

Historically, this coal was used by some Amazon tribes that made coal bunkers with the vegetable materials from the forests that they cleared to create cultivation areas in poor soil fertilised with this coal.

This has been the missing link to confirm the existence of large numbers of people who lived in tribes and on lands where they doubted whether the poor soil could provide them with alimentation.

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