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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:9, September, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(9): 449-457

Characterization of Biochar and Humic Acid and their Effect on Soil Properties in Maize
P. Madhavi*, V. Sailaja, T. Ram Prakash and S.A. Hussain
Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, College of Agriculture, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad -500030, Telangana, India
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A field study was carried out at college farm, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh during Kharif 2013 on an Alfisol to characterize the biochar and humic acid and their effect on soil properties along with application of fertilizers in maize crop. Soil had a pH of 7.72, EC of 0.217 dS m-1 and low organic carbon (0.49%). The experiment was laid out in a Randomized Block Design and replicated thrice with three factors comprised of factor-I (fertilizers- 100 % RDF and 75 % RDF), Factor-II (biochar levels- 0, 5 and 7.5 t ha-1) and Factor-III (humic acid levels of 0 and 30 kg ha-1). Biochar application showed a non-significant increase in soil pH. Significantly higher EC was shown when 100% NPK was integrated with biochar @ 7.5 t ha-1¬¬¬¬. Soil CEC was significantly higher when 100% NPK was applied in combination with biochar @ 7.5 t ha-1 and humic acid. Such increase at later stages was not significant. Biochar elucidated a significant increase in organic carbon from 0.51 to 0.62 per cent at 30 DAS when applied at 7.5 t ha-1.

Keywords: Biochar and humic acid, Soil properties, Maize.

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Madhavi, P., V. Sailaja, T. Ram Prakash and Hussain, S.A. 2017. Characterization of Biochar and Humic Acid and Their Effect on Soil Properties in maize.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(9): 449-457. doi:
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