Biochars in soils: towards the required level of scientific understanding

    Priit Tammeorg Affiliation
    ; Ana Catarina Bastos Affiliation
    ; Simon Jeffery Affiliation
    ; Frédéric Rees Affiliation
    ; Jürgen Kern Affiliation
    ; Ellen R. Graber Affiliation
    ; Maurizio Ventura Affiliation
    ; Mark Kibblewhite Affiliation
    ; António Amaro Affiliation
    ; Alice Budai Affiliation
    ; Cláudia M. d. S. Cordovil Affiliation
    ; Xavier Domene Affiliation
    ; Ciro Gardi Affiliation
    ; Gabriel Gascó Affiliation
    ; Ján Horák Affiliation
    ; Claudia Kammann Affiliation
    ; Elena Kondrlova Affiliation
    ; David Laird Affiliation
    ; Susana Loureiro Affiliation
    ; Martinho A. S. Martins Affiliation
    ; Pietro Panzacchi Affiliation
    ; Munoo Prasad Affiliation
    ; Marija Prodana Affiliation
    ; Aline Peregrina Puga Affiliation
    ; Greet Ruysschaert Affiliation
    ; Lidia Sas-Paszt Affiliation
    ; Flávio C. Silva Affiliation
    ; Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira Affiliation
    ; Giustino Tonon Affiliation
    ; Gemini Delle Vedove Affiliation
    ; Costanza Zavalloni Affiliation
    ; Bruno Glaser Affiliation
    ; Frank G. A. Verheijen Affiliation


Key priorities in biochar research for future guidance of sustainable policy development have been identified by expert assessment within the COST Action TD1107. The current level of scientific understanding (LOSU) regarding the consequences of biochar application to soil were explored. Five broad thematic areas of biochar research were addressed: soil biodiversity and ecotoxicology, soil organic matter and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, soil physical properties, nutrient cycles and crop production, and soil remediation. The highest future research priorities regarding biochar’s effects in soils were: functional redundancy within soil microbial communities, bioavailability of biochar’s contaminants to soil biota, soil organic matter stability, GHG emissions, soil formation, soil hydrology, nutrient cycling due to microbial priming as well as altered rhizosphere ecology, and soil ph buffering capacity. Methodological and other constraints to achieve the required LOSU are discussed and options for efficient progress of biochar research and sustainable application to soil are presented.

First published online: 14 Dec 2016

Keyword : biochar, biodiversity, ecosystem services, ecotoxicology, greenhouse gases, nutrient cycles, policy support, soil organic matter, soil physical properties, soil remediation

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Tammeorg, P., Bastos, A. C., Jeffery, S., Rees, F., Kern, J., Graber, E. R., Ventura, M., Kibblewhite, M., Amaro, A., Budai, A., Cordovil, C. M. d. S., Domene, X., Gardi, C., Gascó, G., Horák, J., Kammann, C., Kondrlova, E., Laird, D., Loureiro, S., Martins, M. A. S., Panzacchi, P., Prasad, M., Prodana, M., Puga, A. P., Ruysschaert, G., Sas-Paszt, L., Silva, F. C., Teixeira, W. G., Tonon, G., Vedove, G. D., Zavalloni, C., Glaser, B., & Verheijen, F. G. A. (2017). Biochars in soils: towards the required level of scientific understanding. Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management, 25(2), 192-207.
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