The research opportunities and needs related biochar are large. Much international activity has taken place on biochar research since the world’s first biochar related conference took place in Australia in 2007. There is now an extensive database on previous conferences and a very active international biochar conference calender.
The IBI research bibliography contains over 1000 biochar related items and is growing fast. Their list of research institutes working on biochar is also impressive.
It would be interesting to see a short summary on the chronology of biochar research in New Zealand. I think it would be fair to say that it has not always been a collaborative journey between the research institutions (Op-ed!). This may say more about research funding structure in NZ than anything else? (and I had better not stray any deeper into unknown territory!). One interesting link NZ has with the origins of biochar is that the late Peter Read (Massey University Center for Energy Research) coined the “biochar” phrase back in 2005? Again, it would be nice to have this history archived somewhere.
It would be great if this group could be a catalyst to pull the biochar research community together in a more collaborative way. I’m hearing that funding competition will always be a major obstacle. This sound like a great topic for the Research forum.
We are going to need members of the research community to join us and provide guidance on how we can collaborate and contribute to research needs. As we get stronger, we can use this strength for advocacy work on research funding.
Given any interest from the research community, we could have separate pages for various branches of research interest… somewhere for planned, ongoing and past biochar research activity to be high-lighted to the community, industry and government. Better understanding by these groups of your research interests and activities may lead to better support.
It would be great to get access to this report and assess their conclusion that “Biochar addition could possibly increase soil carbon stocks but it is not yet an economical option for large-scale application in New Zealand.” Management practices to … Continue reading
I think the following should be of interest in NZ based on the levels of Cd contamination in some of our soils. There are other similar research finding coming from China. I posted a link to a NZ PhD thesis … Continue reading
Prof. Marta Camps-Arbestain has provided the following summary on current biochar related work taking place at NZBRC, Massey. Please contact Marta if you are interested in finding out more on any of these activities. PhD student: Stanislav Garbuz PhD research … Continue reading
Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference 2017: Conference Proceedings Foreword “The Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference (ANZBC), held in Murwillumbah NSW, Australia in August 2017, saw the gathering of scientists, biochar producers, equipment manufacturers, farmers, enthusiasts and other potential biochar end-users. … Continue reading
NZ links in this important new review. Maybe this meshes nicely with previous post on potential biochar business models in NZ. You can read a review here at the Biochar Discussion Group. Effects of biochar application in forest ecosystems on … Continue reading
I’ve posted before on Royal Society discussion on biochar (try a search on ‘royal society’). I missed this important report [linked here] when it was released last year. A search on ‘biochar’ in the report pulls some results. Here are … Continue reading
The Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference 2017 took place at Murwillumbah Civic Centre and Showgrounds, NSW, Australia from 10th to 12th of August. Information about the program and presenters is available from the conference website. My overall impression of the … Continue reading
Countdown to ANZBC17!! G’day Folks, As we countdown the weeks to ANZBC17, a reminder to submit your 30 or 20 minute presentation as well as your two page abstract or picture/ dot point summary by July 31st. This will ensure … Continue reading
I was critical of LandCare Research in a recent (17Dec) Biochar@ABE FB post based on this video… I posted a comment: “Could someone from LCR or Lincoln advise if biochar was considered as a tool worthy of study in these … Continue reading
Interest in methane is bubbling up all over the pace right now… New research explores how wetlands and agriculture could be causing a global rise in methane And MPI have just released an RFP for more animal methane studies. NZ$350K … Continue reading