Production of a biofertilizer from exhausted grape marc waste: agronomic and environmental impact on plant growth

Leila El-Bassi, Amel Ibn Ferjani, Mejdi Jeguirim*, Simona Bennici, Salah Jellali, Hanene Akrout, Nicolas Thevenin, Lionel Ruidavets, Anne Muller, Lionel Limousy

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Biochars produced from exhausted grape marc waste were considered a potential source for agriculture biofertilization. Results indicated that the biochar application did not show a significant effect on ryegrass fresh weight increase. The pyrolysis temperature influenced the fresh and dry matter yield since it interferes with phosphorus bioavailability for plant growth. Potassium intakes were positively affected but not statistically significant. The % of soil stable aggregates decreased after 60 days. In the short term, there is no significant effect on soil structural stability. Biochar incorporation led to domination of large macro-aggregates, which are instables compared with small macro-aggregates. A dose of 15 t ha−1 considerably reduced the leached soil and thus improved water retention by changing soil porosity. Soil pH and electric conductivity markedly increased for all treatments after 60 days of incubation. Biochar extract had a significant inhibitory effect on Fusarium oxysporum and Phytophthora sp. The use of exhausted grape marc waste to produce a biochar has shown a good potential for carbon and water sequestration in soil.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiomass Conversion and Biorefinery
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Biochar
  • Biofertilzer
  • Exhausted grape marc waste
  • Soil stability
  • Suppressive effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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