Biochar improves urban soils and tree growth

Biochar improves urban soils and tree growth

The growth of urban trees is often inhib­it­ed by low soil quality and numer­ous dis­turb­ing factors such as (air) pol­lu­tion or drought stress. There­fore, attempts are gen­er­al­ly made to stim­u­late the growth of urban trees through syn­thet­ic fertilizers…

Sources of supply for biochar

Sources of supply for biochar

The Euro­pean Biochar Foun­da­tion pro­vides an overview of cur­rent­ly cer­ti­fied biochar pro­duc­ers. The BUND region­al asso­ci­a­tion of Lower Saxony also reg­u­lar­ly main­tains and pub­lish­es a com­pre­hen­sive list of biochar pro­duc­ers, producers…

4 ways to “recharge” biochar with nutrients

4 ways to “recharge” biochar with nutrients

So that biochar can quickly and effi­cient­ly develop its soil-improv­ing effect in the garden, city park or on the field, biochar must first be “charged”. Mixing with compost is the most common method, but there are many other ways to…

The 55 pos­si­ble uses of biochar

The 55 pos­si­ble uses of biochar

Biochar is far too valu­able to be used only as soil improver and carbon storage. It has been used by gen­er­a­tions of people for drink­ing water fil­tra­tion, the treat­ment of waste water and kitchen waste and as com­post­ing agents. In today’s world, uses are multiplying…

Biomass farm: Relaunch of an ancient idea

Biomass farm: Relaunch of an ancient idea

Bio­masse­hof Allgäu doc­u­ments the impact of biochar on animal health, stable climate and manure on two model farms. In addi­tion, the coop­er­a­tive based in Allgäu now also trades in CO2 cer­tifi­cates and advises farmers on how to use biochar…

In the horse stable: Biochar instead of wood chips

In the horse stable: Biochar instead of wood chips

A horse owner from Baden-Würt­tem­berg in south­west Germany sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly con­vert­ed his bedding system from straw and sawdust to green waste compost with biochar. He ini­tial­ly faced crit­i­cism for the deci­sion, but mean­while many are following…

Reduc­ing CO2-emis­sions with biochar

Reduc­ing CO2-emis­sions with biochar

About 10 percent of EU CO2 emis­sions could be offset by more pro­duc­tive use of biomass and plant residues through pyrol­y­sis. This is the con­clu­sion of Prof. Bruno Glaser from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Halle and author of the article “Biochar use…

Why biochar does not decompose

Why biochar does not decompose

There is great research inter­est in carbon © bound by pyrol­y­sis (car­bon­i­sa­tion), due pri­mar­i­ly to the poten­tial role of biochar (charred biomass) as a long-term carbon sink in soils and sed­i­ments. This is because biochar resists microbial…