Special Issue "Biochar as Option for Sustainable Resource Management"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2012)
Prof. Dr. Bruno Glaser (Website)
Soil Biogeochemistry, Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Seckendorff-Platz 3, 06120 Halle/Saale, Germany
Recently, biochar has been proposed as means of sequestering C as a stable form in soil. Suitability of biochar for C sequestration depends on the overall C balance of biochar after carbonization and its long-term stability in soils. Other observed yet poorly understood benefits of biochar application include decreases in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase of nutrient and water retention, stabilization and destabilization of native soil organic matter, and decrease of bioavailability of organic/inorganic contaminants in soils. Biochar-induced immobilization of toxic metals in contaminated soils has recently received considerable attention. Despite these diverse benefits of biochar on a variety of soil properties, fundamental knowledge in soil-plant-water-biochar interactions is still lacking. Long-term ecological sustainability should be taken into account when applying biochar to soil for agriculture or remediation.
Prof. Dr. Bruno Glaser
- biochar standardization/certification
- land use impact
- life cycle assessment
- integration of scientific results
- results of experimental studies