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.
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
Conference papers are now available – click the heading below… BIOCHAR 2016 Symposium: The Synergy of Science and Industry. August 22-25, Corvallis OR. “From August 22-25, 2016, over 300 biochar producers, researchers, users, and enthusiasts met at Oregon State University … Continue reading
Nice report from Don on the recent Asia-Pacific Biochar Conference in Korea… “Hi Everyone, Had a great time at the Biochar Conference in Korea last month. See the trip report on my blog here http://www.byronbiochar.com.au/uncategorized/biochar-don-does-korea/ Thanks again to all those … Continue reading
NZ links to this new publication, showing strong international collaboration. Nitrate retention by biochar: mechanistic insights by 15N tracing Kammann Claudia (1,3), Haider Ghulam (1), del Campo Bernardo (2), Mengel Jonathan (3), Schmidt Hans-Peter(4), Marhan Sven (5), Steffens Diedrich (1), … Continue reading
This is a heavy read but should be of keen interest to folk concerned about biochar’s future role in climate change and carbon sequestration… From: Tom Miles Date: 22 October 2016 at 01:08 Subject: [biochar] IBI: Biochar for Carbon Removal … Continue reading
Kiwis – I’m sure Don of the western-ile does not mean it literally… I’ve promised to try to help mount a NZ host-ile invasion for this event… “Dear Friends & Colleagues, In previous years, you have either presented, sponsored, exhibited, … Continue reading
I’ve listed below a few interesting research projects, that could overlap with biochar interest… 2016 Endeavour Round successful proposals “MBIE’s 2016 Endeavour Round will see 56 new scientific research programmes receive funding of more than $209 million over the next … Continue reading
The provisional program includes a biochar session on Tuesday, 13Dec that identifies eight 10min presentations… sadly all of Australian origins. Many other presentations at this huge event will have overlapping interest with the biochar community. If you are planning to … Continue reading
The USA biochar conference in Oregon has just finished. I hear it was very successful… more reports to follow soon. Lets hope the momentum roles on to Korea. There are a few NZ connections to the conference so I expect there will be … Continue reading