A new approach to soil solarization: Addition of biochar to the effect of soil temperature and quality and yield parameters of lettuce (Lactuca Saliva L. Duna)

Oz H.

SCIENTIA HORTICULTURAE, vol.228, pp.153-161, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 228
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.scienta.2017.10.021
  • Page Numbers: pp.153-161


Soil solarization is a non-chemical method used to destroy soil borne pathogenic, harmful, and weed seeds in agricultural field and greenhouses. Solarization is generally applied in regions with high summer air temperatures and high solar radiation. Organic materials obtained as a result of the pyrolysis process in an anaerobic environment is called biochar. It can be produced from a wide range of plant and animal origin biomass sources. Lettuce plants are an important vegetable species grown after the application of solarization because of their high value and compatibility with autumn growing. Researchers reported that lettuce yields increased following soil solarization.