University of Florida faculty member Pratap Pullammanappallil, left, holds a beaker of burned plant material called biochar and colleague Bin Gao, right, shows an airtight metal container used in producing biochar, in a laboratory on the UF campus – Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The men, both assistant professors with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, contributed to a scientific paper showing that biochar made from beet scraps can filter phosphate from waste water. Researchers say the idea could be applied to biochar made from Florida crop wastes such as citrus pulp and sugarcane bagasse.
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