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Pyrolytic Char-Production, Development and Characterization for its Use as Soil Amendmen


From 01/2010 to 12/2010

Principal Investigator: Bruno Glaser
Staff: Bruno Glaser

Pyrolysis generates char (Biochar), oil and gas products which can all be used as fuels. However, removal of crop residues for energy production can have deleterious effects on soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks and consequently on soil fertility. Pyrolysis of crop residues with Biochar-C returned to the soil may help maintain or increase stable SOC pools and improve soil fertility. Dr. Glaser did pioneering work identifying Biochar as a key factor for formation and sustainable fertility of Terra Preta (www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/biochar). The Biorefining and Carbon Cycling Program at UGA is capable to produce Biochar from various feedstock and under various production techniques (www.biorefinery.uga.edu). The proposed collaboration between the University of Bayreuth and the University of Georgia aims at optimizing material properties of Biochar. This increases the immediate benefits for agricultural use and thus reducing the conflicts between different land uses and establishes a significant carbon sink.

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last modified 2010-02-09