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.
Master’s research project on Repurposing Food Scraps With Biochar for High Production Soils In New Zealand – applications invited Biochar research goes bananas Co/ Betsey and the team at The Hibiscus Coast Zero Waste initiative. And who new we had … Continue reading
Funding round open for Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research Date: 09 June 2023 “The 10 priorities for this year’s funding round are: …development of a biochar database and methodology to include in New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory [1 priority] A bit … Continue reading
Dr Pranoy Pal has an association with biochar reaching back to his post-doctoral work at Lincoln University in 2012. Pranoy is now the Kiwifruit Technical Manager at Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool – New Zealand’s largest family-owned kiwifruit and avocado packhouse. … Continue reading
Momentum around biochar is building in New Zealand, with a number of biochar-related projects in development. BNNZ has been invited to be part of the inaugural Ministry for Primary Industries Fieldays Forestry Hub next month, and internationally renowned biochar expert, … Continue reading
Ralph Sims talks to … “The third and final section of the latest IPCC report outlines how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as remove them from the atmosphere.“ He mentions biochar in the discussion… ““Soil carbon has … Continue reading
I’ve been a bit slow discovering this Global Research Alliance research summary in which NZAGRC staff are listed as contributing authors. The report does not get too excited about biochar efficacy but page 7 does keep the door open to … Continue reading
NZAGRC has recently shared a report covering their progress in 2021. The report does mention biochar on pg30… I posted on this MPI commissioned report here: https://soilcarbon.org.nz/important-new-report-for-nz/ I can’t recall seeing any synopsis coming from the Wellington presentation but I … Continue reading
It looks like this was released on 17May but it has only just come to my attention.The report is dated December 2020 so it has been floating about for awhile.I hear that it will be discussed in Wellington on 10June.I … Continue reading
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959652616322181#! “Due to the realisation of the reinforcement potential of waste based biochar and wool in polymeric composites, in the recent past, their individual flammability, thermal and mechanical properties were determined. Composites were manufactured with biochar and with both biochar … Continue reading