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
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.
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
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
Conceptual paper on phosphorus balance led by student of biochar P
Jessica Shepherd has led a team of early career scientists to an important publication in Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems journal. It presents the issue of sustainability in terms of tools and models, putting forward useful ideas and concepts for future development. It is a useful framework within which to position biochar materials that have a value in recycling and delivering phosphorus to crops growing on "difficult" soils.
22 October 2015
Potential PhD project at UEA, Norwich
One title for new PhD projects at UEA, Norwich, is relevant to biochar research "Novel soil conditioners for future food security". If a top UK (or resident EU) citizen applies, funding is potentially available. Click here for more information (deadline 6th Jan 2016).
01 October 2015