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Charcoal soil amendments increase growth, physiological, and reproductive performance in early successional temperate pioneers
Charcoal facilitates rapid growth and regeneration following fires by increasing retention and availability of nutrients and water, increasing soil pH, and by sorbing toxic and inhibitory compounds. Biochar (BC) is the term given to charcoal used as a soil amendment, which is generally derived from pyrolysis of lignocellulosic forestry and agricultural waste residues.