Innovation at Work: Can pyrolysis provide revenue and increased yields for farmers?

Heating biomass through a process called pyrolysis produces biochar, or charcoal. Treating soils with biochar holds nutrients and moisture in place, improving soil health and preventing leaching. It also improves the soil’s carbon storage potential, which could open it up as a potential market for farmers. It's another example of the groundbreaking work that faculty, scientists and students at Iowa State are conducting that improves the quality of life in every corner of the state and beyond. To see more examples of this innovation at work, and to see how ISU is strengthening Iowa communities, visit