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UK Biochar Research Centre
Charchive Standard Biochars

Welcome to the UKBRC

Biochar is a specially designed charcoal which offers a bright future for organic resource management, soil improvement and energy production.

It contains a high proportion of extremely stable carbon, and so sustainable production of biochar can be a significant, viable Negative Emissions Technology for mitigating human-induced climate change. Find out more about biochar

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Since 2009, the UK Biochar Research Centre (UKBRC) has led strategic, multidisciplinary investigations of biochar. It is based in the School of GeoSciences at The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Newcastle University and Rothamsted Research. Find out more about UKBRC.

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UKBRC undertakes primary research into the production and use of biochar as well as engaging with relevant Governmental bodies.

Click here to access the report prepared by UKBRC and commissioned by the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC): "An Assessment of the Benefits and Issues Associated with the Application of Biochar to Soil" (edited by Simon Shackley and Saran Sohi, published June 2010).

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued an Interim Regulatory Position Statement on biochar - the first regulatory agency in the UK to develop a formal position on biochar regulation. 

Latest News & Developments

Open access to new UKBRC article until March 2nd

UKBRC PhD student Wolfram Buss has just published a paper on aspects of biochar suitability, using biochar from samples of marginal biomass - biomass of no economic value (ordinarily incinerated or landfilled). The article can be freely downloaded (as a PDF file) via this link until 2nd March.

12 January 2016

New staff

Karl Hsu recently joined UKBRC in Edinburgh to work on biochar feasibility, initially in a Scottish forestry context.

15 December 2015

Newsletter for SUCCESS project

A Newsletter has just been published on the SUCCESS project website: research.ncl.ac.uk/success - and is available for download as a PDF. It outlines the core experiments that have been set up in the first year and some of the measurements that are already being made. The paper on Rapid removal of atmospheric CO2 by urban soils that preceded the project has been published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology as open access.

18 November 2015

Call for COST STSM applications - for "immediate" start

Some additional funding has become available under the biochar COST Action, to support early-stage researchers in Europe seeking STSMs (short-term scientific missions). All new STSMs will need to be concluded by the end of February 2016, including report submission (the COST Action as a whole ends one month later). Applications can be submitted for immediate evaluation, and an early start. This is the last opportunity for STSM funding!  UKBRC is available as a potential host, in the University of Edinburgh.

12 November 2015

Call for PhD candidates at University of Edinburgh - deadline 22nd Jan 2016

The School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh is calling for PhD applicants. Studentships starting September 2016 are available to UK citizens, also to EU citizens who have worked and/or studied in the UK for the last three years. Funding for these studentships is from by the NERC "E3" Doctoral Training Programme. The list of all available titles (with descriptions) are listed on this page. Three connect to biochar research and involve UKBRC: Biochar and forestry – a context driven assessment (with Forest Research), Biochar for improved soil water management as a climate adaptation measure (CASE) and Next generation fertilisers for recovering and reusing phosphorus from wastewater - do they work and how do they do it? (with James Hutton Institute). To apply please follow the links, or contact UKBRC directly to discuss.

11 November 2015

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Other Recent Content & Updates


Recent Publications

Adsorption kinetics of magnetic biochar derived from peanut hull on removal of Cr (VI) from aqueous solution: Effects of production conditions and particle size

Authors: Yitong Han, Xi Cao, Xin Ouyang, Saran Sohi, Jiawei Chen
Published in Chemosphere
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Published: December 12 2015

The priming potential of environmentally weathered pyrogenic carbon during land-use transition

Authors: Gary McClean, Will Meredith, Andrew Cross, Kate Heal, Gary Bending, Saran Sohi
Published in GCB Bioenergy
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Published: September 14 2015

Impact of pyrolysis and hydrothermal biochar on gas-emitting activity of soil microorganisms and bacterial and archaeal community composition

Authors: Andert J, Jan Mumme
Published in Applied Soil Ecology
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Published: September 3 2015