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.

ANZBC17 conference report

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

Methane & biochar

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

N-retention by biochar – new study

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