NZ scientific ‘roadmap’

Govt lays out scientific ‘roadmap’ The roadmap is discussed at the RNZ website, linked above. I’ve searched the document for reference to biochar… zero results but no surprise there. I then searched on ‘soil’. There is some mention or hint … Continue reading

MPI funding opportunity for biochar research

Biochar gets a specific mention by MPI as a research option under “Theme 2, Carbon sink enhancement”. It looks to me like it could fit other theme criteria as well… Sustainable Land Management & Climate Change Research Programme “The Sustainable … Continue reading

Rethink needed on cutting agricultural emissions

This press release should be of interest to NZ biochar community. Our response in NZ seems quite narrow – we have sunk a lot of effort into NZAGRC but maybe stopped looking at other ideas. Why not broaden the picture… … Continue reading

Research proposal to retain soluble Nitrogen in pasture soils

RESEARCH PROPOSAL TO RETAIN NITROGEN IN PASTURE SOILS – Use of No-tillage to apply biochar into pasture root zones New Zealanders are waking up …  to the environmental costs & unintended consequences of intensive dairy farming practices, in particular intensively managed … Continue reading

Combining Biochar and Organic Amendments

Combining biochar and organic amendments; Claudia Kammann, Bruno Glaser and Hans-Peter Schmidt Published as Chapter 6 in: Simon Shackley, Greet Ruysschaert, Kor Zwar and Bruno Glaser (editors): Biochar in European Soils, Routledge, London, 2016, pp. 136-164 see: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301295876_Combining_Biochar_and_Organic_Amendments This chapter summarizes … Continue reading

Biochar captures N & P in dairy wastewater

Biochar can be used to capture essential nutrients from dairy wastewater and improve soil physico-chemical properties Abstract. “Recently, the potential for biochar use to recapture excess nutrients from dairy wastewater has been a focus of a growing number of studies. … Continue reading