Webinar series - Biochar

Biochar systems for sustainable agriculture

7 May 2020

The webinar 'Biochar systems for sustainable agriculture' was held on 7 May 2020. The keynote speaker was Professor David Chiaramonti (Polytechnic of Turin).

Professor Chiaramonti gave a general introduction to biochar systems, focusing on processes and reactor technologies, and their flexibility, scalability and efficiency. He highlighted the many benefits of biochar as a soil amendment, in terms of improved soil quality, crop yield and forest growth, increased biodiversity, and carbon sequestration. The webinar also explored the potential synergies between biochar and biogas systems, as well as looking at the potential to contribute to landscape restoration, thus addressing biochar as material for co-composting with organic matter.

The recording of the webinar can be found below or can be viewed here. The PowerPoint is also available to download here.

The presentation by Prof Chiaramonti begins at [07:40 min]. The Q&A begins at [52:50 min].


Climate-smart biochar systems: opportunities and challenges

11 June 2020 

The key note speaker was Johannes Lehmann (Liberty Hyde Bailey professor of soil biogeochemistry and soil fertility management at Cornell University). In his presentation, Prof. Lehmann focused on the agronomic aspects of biochar, specifically the crop yield responses to biochar application in different soils, and also discussed the potential of biochar for sequestering carbon as part of bioenergy-biochar systems.

The presentation by Prof Lehmann begins at [05:30 min]. The Q&A begins at [1:00:25 min].