Comparative effectiveness of biochar derived from tropical feedstocks on the adsorption for ammonium, nitrate and phosphate

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Archives of Environmental Protection




vol. 48


No 4


Zou, Ganghua, : Environment and Plant Protection Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, China ; Shan, Ying : Environment and Plant Protection Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, China ; Dai, Minjie : Haikou Experimental Station, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Chin ; Xin, Xiaoping : University of Florida, United States ; Nawaz, Muhammad : Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan ; Zhao, Fengliang : Environment and Plant Protection Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, China



nutrients ; soil amendment ; adsorption model ; biochars ; tropical feedstock

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Nauki Techniczne




Polish Academy of Sciences


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