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Basalt does not occur in Missouri, but we are customers of Rock Dust Local to provide the basalt for our Green Frontier super compost which has 15% biochar. We are getting extraordinarily postitive comments from our local gardeners and truck farmers. We believe lawn service companies may also be interested.
Stan Slaughter, M.A., Biology
US Composting Council Educator of the Year, 2000
Education and Garden Specialist-
Missouri Organic Recyclingwww.missouriorganic.com
On Jul 21, 2020, at 1:13 PM, Valentine Nzengung <vnzengun@...
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Find attached the Nature Paper
In the Cameroons, I obtained the rock dust by grinding fines from a quarry and basaltic lava from a recent eruption of Mount Fako.
The final product increased the yield of bananas at a plantation scale.
The country is at war, so I do not have the complete field data.
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This newly published research paper in Nature appears to open a new avenue for promoting the use of biochar. We know that soluble minerals in the form of 'rock dust’ work synergistically with biochar to improve crop yield and
nutritional value. Now, it appears that the CO2 removal capabilities of the rock dust itself can also be a significant climate benefit. Another synergy.
This article is behind a paywall, but the abstract also contains the figures, which are very informative. It may be possible to obtain the 'rock dust’ from industrial silicate materials without having to do more mining. Any thoughts?
From the abstract:
rock weathering (ERW), deployable with croplands, has potential use for atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)
removal (CDR), which is now necessary to mitigate anthropogenic climate change1.
ERW also has possible co-benefits for improved food and soil security, and reduced ocean acidification2,3,4.