Session 5: Agriculture

Biochar use in temperate and tropical agriculture, animal husbandry and organic fertilizer management

In initial biochar field experiments large doses of pure, untreated biochar have been applied. While temperate soils and crops were on average unaffected the results found in tropical, particularly degraded soils are more promising.

Furthermore, co-composting, blending with nutrient-rich materials and manures or post-treatment of biochar delivered promising results [more] with regard to crop yields. How good is our current mechanistic understanding to predict and generate positive effects on crop yields.

 

Session lead:      Gerard Cornelissen, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway; Ruben Sakrabani, Bruno Glaser, Halle University, Germany; Costanza Zavalloni, University of Udine, Italy

 


Keynote: Alessandro Peressotti

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Lecture Title: Biochar in Tropical Agriculture: A green light from research?

Content: Implementing tropical agriculture systems poses several challenges to scientists that span from soil science to ecology and economics. The talk will present findings and new challenges of research and implementation programs in tropical countries.

Dr. Alessandro Peressotti is a Professor of Ecology at DISA-University of Udine. He is coordinator of the ACP S&T Project Biochar plus: Energy, health, agricultural and environmental benefits from biochar use: building capacities in ACP Countries.


 

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