JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (12): 2529-2543.doi: 10.31497/zrzyxb.20191204

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Effects of biochar amendment on carbon and nitrogen cycling in coastal saline soils: A review

ZHANG Qian1(), LIU Bing-jie1, YU Lu2, WANG Rui-rui1, ZHENG Hao1(), LUO Xian-xiang1, LI Feng-min1   

  1. 1. Institute of Coastal Environmental Pollution Control, Key Laboratory of Marine Environment and Ecology, Ministry of Education, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, Shandong, China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2019-08-09 Revised:2019-10-24 Online:2019-12-28 Published:2019-12-28


Coastal saline-alkaline soil plays important roles in global carbon and nitrogen cycling and climate change regulation. Biochar (BC), as an eco-friendly soil amendment, shows a promising prospect in terms of alleviating climate change and promoting sustainable agricultural development. However, most of the previous studies focused on the influence of BC application on greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen availability and loss in coastal saline-alkaline soil, but little information that comprehensively summarized the effect of BC on the soil carbon and nitrogen cycling is available. As a result, the objective of this review is to comprehensively summarize that: (1) The influences of BC on soil carbon pools (vegetation and soil organic carbon) and soil organic carbon mineralization in the coastal saline-alkaline soil; (2) The influences of BC on nitrogen cycling, including biological nitrogen fixation, nitrification, denitrification, nitrogen mineralization, and ammonia volatilization; (3) The underlying mechanisms responsible for the BC-regulated carbon and nitrogen cycling in the soil. At last, we also point out that more efforts should be paid to the investigation of long-term experiments in field circumstances in future, and the explanation of the microbial mechanisms underlying soil carbon and nitrogen cycling affected by BC application using modern molecular biotechnology (e.g., metagenomics). This review would provide useful information for maintaining health and function of the coastal soil ecosystem by incorporation of BC.

Key words: coastal wetland, saline-alkaline soil, carbon sequestration, soil degradation, mineralization, nitrogen cycling