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Biodiesel production improves soils

Biodiesel Co-Product (BCP) Decreases Soil Nitrogen (N)

(BCP is in fact Glycerol, a by-product of biodiesel production, see the full research paper - Paul)

M. A. Redmile-Gordon &E. Armenise &P. R. Hirsch &
P. C. Brookes
Received: 20 August 2013 /Accepted: 28 November 2013 / Published online: 5 January 2014
# The Author(s) 2014. This article is published with open access at

An important goal in agricultural sustainability is to establish better management of nitrogen (N) to prevent "leaching" of nitrate (NO3) out of the soil into water.

Rothamsted Research scientists have demonstrated that a by-product of the biodiesel industry shows potential to reduce nitrate leaching. The study is published in the journal Water Air and Soil Pollution.

Dr Marc Redmile-Gordon, Rothamsted researcher said "We did three experiments, incorporating straw, meadow grass and Biodiesel Co-Product into experimental soils and simulated field conditions. We found that BCP was the most effective soil amendment, rapidly increasing the abundance of soil micro-organisms and preventing more than 99% of nitrate leaching. Cutting N-losses from agricultural land would be great step towards protecting the environment".

Here is the research paper:

UK has a vast quantity of Glycerol, currently treated as a waste product.