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Future challenges in biochar research
Convener: Jorge Paz-Ferreiro  | Co-Conveners: Gabriel Gascó Guerrero , Ana María Méndez , José María De la Rosa , César Plaza , Claudio Zaccone 
 / Mon, 24 Apr, 13:30–15:15
 / Attendance Mon, 24 Apr, 17:30–19:00

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 or other pollutants and sequester carbon in the soil.Biochar can also be used in growing media for horticultural purposes. 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.
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 past editions of this session has been published in Soil and Tillage Research and in Solid Earth.
This year we also aim to publish a selection of abstracts in a high profile international journal.