Wood Vinegar, also called Pyroligneous acid, Liquid Smoke or Mokusaku, is a dark liquid produced through the natural act of carbonization, which occurs when a biomass is heated in an airless container during charcoal/biochar production.
The exhaust smoke from this charcoal production is condensed (cooled) into a liquid – this condensate then further separates into Tar, Vinegar and Bio-Oil.
Wood vinegar contains more than 200 constituents such as acetic acid, methanol, phenol, ester, acetals, ketone, formic acid and many others. Instead of the specific effectiveness of a certain element, in the case of wood vinegar, various elements work synergistically.
It has being used extensively in Japan and through out Asia for several decades for all sorts of uses and replacement of synthetic chemicals.
There are thousands of individuals, companies, corporations, scientists and governments around the world experimenting and documenting the results of using biochar as a way of improving crop production and improving the soil structure, but we can not find a current study or trials being documented on the use of wood vinegar and its benefits.
There are too many claims to list here of the benefits of wood vinegar for agriculture, animal husbandry, and human use – but we are concentrating on two benefits that we think will have the biggest impact on the future growth in food production while reducing dependance on finite chemicals used in agriculture.
1. Improve seed germination strike rate (more seeds sprout when soaked in wood vinegar first)
2. Allows better uptake and a reduction of up to 50% use of fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides
We have carried out many successful mini trials over the past couple of years ourselves on different variety of vegetable, fruits and herb plants grown from seeds and now looking to accelerate the testing and implementation into the mainstream if favourable results are recorded.
A Few Challenges:
- Defining application and use for such a large variety
- Educating end users the benefits of this “new product”
There are many trials that are underway around Australia using our product from small pot trials to large 800 acre broad acre field testing. If you are interested or want to talk about Wood Vinegar please don’t hesitate to contact us.