Last June Open Fields attended two international meetings: the 11th World Processing Tomato Congress (Sirmione, Italy) and the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (Jeju, South Korea). In these two meetings Open Fields presented some results of biochar field experiments on processing tomatoes, done last year at the Az. Sperimentale Stuard (Parma, Italy) in collaboration with Ibimet Cnr.
The application of biochar is well known as a suitable option to enhance soil fertility and crop productivity, also at Italian latitudes. Our field experimental results have shown how biochar, when applied as soil amendment, could promote crop yield of processing tomato (cv. Pietrarossa) and enhance soil nutrient retention to avoid soil depletion due to intensive agriculture. These results have been recently included in two scientific publications submitted to prestigious international journals in the field of agronomy and crop science.