Biochar: new perspectives, not only agriculture

Open Fields attended the II Mediterranean Biochar Symposium “Environmental Impact of Biochar and its Role in green remediation”, which took place on 16th and 17th of January 2014 in Palermo (Italy). The research carried pout in the last year, thanks to the collaboration of Open Fields, Ibimet CNR of Florence (Italy) and Agt (Advanced Gasification Technology), was presented by Dr. Pusceddu and Maienza  (Ibimet CNR Florence). The research was appreciated by the participants for its scientific significance and originality.

Dr. Pusceddu showed the results obtained by applying sophisticated techniques for the chemical and morphological characterization of biochar in the long term and a laboratory study on particulate emissions from biochar from different feedstocks and production processes.

Dr. Maienza investigated  the effect of biochar on the production of a horticultural crop considering nitrogen content (in the form of ammonia and nitrate). This experiment was carried out on Processing tomato at the Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard, San Pancrazio (PR) during the last summer season. For the first time, the effect of biochar on soil properties and on Tomato crop was analyzed in a field experiment. In this experiment particular attention was given to the interactions between biochar stability and soil organisms.
Click here to read the report of the event, Italian text.