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SSS5.8

Future challenges in biochar research
Convener: Jorge Paz-Ferreiro  | Co-Conveners: Gabriel Gascó Guerrero , José María De la Rosa 
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Biochar is a carbonaceous material obtained from biomass pyrolysis or gasification process. Biochar has the potential to improve crop yields, nutrient cycling, immobilize trace metals and sequester carbon in the soil. Tailoring a single biochar with a particular soil and crop type requires cutting edge research to improve the understanding of the processes involved in the biochar-soil-plant interaction.
Biochar can also be used in growing media for horticultural purposes.
The goal of this session is to gather together scientists interested in different aspects of biochar research, at the laboratory or field scale.
A selection of abstracts based on the 2015 session are being considered for publication in Soil and Tillage Research. Similarly, this year we aim to publish a selection of abstracts in a high profile international journal.