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Manage carbon to sustain soil structure
Jan Skjemstad, CSIRO LAND AND WATER AND CRC FOR GREENHOUSE ACCOUNTING in FARMING AHEAD No. 158 March 2005

Soil organic carbon plays a critical role in the biological, chemical and physical health of a soil. But little is known about how crop management impacts on soil organic carbon levels and thus soil health. This article describes how a new approach to understanding this relationship could help farmers better manage soil organic carbon.

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Magic biochar: recycles, fertilises and sequesters
From the September 2006 edition of Agriculture Today.
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Australia

Thousands of years ago, Amazonian Indians burned their waste organic matter in low intensity fires covered with dirt and straw.

The smouldering heat charred the organic matter, and the Indians added the charred material to their soils.

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Australian approaches to measuring and monitoring soil organic carbon
Jeff Baldock, Jan Skjemstad, Evelyn Krull
CSIRO Land and Water and CRC for Greenhouse Accounting PMB 2, Glen Osmond, SA 5064, Australia

SOC measurement and composition
Temporal variation in SOC content
delling measurable SOC fractions
Monitoring SOC contents in Australia (National
Carbon Accounting System, NCAS)

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THE NATURE, DISTRIBUTION, AND IMPACT OF CHARCOAL IN SOILS. J. O. Skjemstad, L. J. Janik,and L. R. Spouncer, CSIRO, Land and Water, PMB 2, Glen Osmond, South Australia 5064. Jan.Skjemstad@adl.clw.csiro.au. 1998

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Energy & Agricultural Carbon Utilization: Sustainable Alternatives to Sequestration
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, June 10-11, 2004

Oral Presentations
http://www.eprida.com/eacu/orals.htm

Discovery and Awareness of Anthropogenic Amazonian Dark Earths (Terra Preta)
Bill Denevan - Prof. Emeritus, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI USA

Explorations of Pre-Columbian Agricultural Landscapes in the Amazon
Clark Erickson - Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA USA

The Secrets of Making Terra Preta Soils

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