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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

Green Carbon webinar series 2020

A new season of bi-weekly (free) webinars starts today! Topics range from lab-based research projects about biochar production to international field trials and non-governmental community projects. To find out more and to register, please click here.

16 April 2020

Green Carbon webinar series starts soon!

On 26th September 2019 we are launching a Green Carbon webinar series. The series will run online on Thursdays at 3 pm CET. Each session will feature 2 x 25-minute talks on current research in the field of advanced carbon materials. Click here for the registration page.

13 September 2019

Press release on biochar in Scottish forestry

NERC, University of Edinburgh and Forest Research issued a press release today highlighting the work on the Loch Ness site. The NERC article can be accessed here. The poject is outlined and updated on UKBRC website via this page.

16 January 2019

BBC Crowd Science

The BBC visited the site of Hamish Creber's field experiment last month. Hamish can be heard outlining his initial measurements and results in the Crowd Science episode "Is soil the secret to slowing climate change?" - broadcast last week and available via BBC Sounds.

03 December 2018

2018 Open Day - Friday 16th November

Make Carbon Green Again - King's Buildings. University of Edinburgh - from 2 pm. Under the banner of the H2020 GreenCarbon project, the 2018 Open Day features posters short talks highlighting current research and recent results, precded by introductory talks to set the scene. The flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

09 November 2018

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Other Recent Content & Updates


Recent Publications

Re-use of sugarcane residue as a novel biochar fertiliser: Increased phosphorus use efficiency and plant yield

Authors: Bernardo Borges, Mathias Strauss, Priscila Camelo, Saran Sohi and Henrique Franco
Published in Journal of Cleaner Production
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Published: March 28 2020

Passive CO2 removal in urban soils: Evidence from brownfield sites

Authors: Ehsan Jorat, Mark Goddard, Peter Manning, Hiu Kwan Lau, Samuel Ngeow, Saran Sohi and David Manning
Published in Science of the Total Environment
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Published: November 18 2019

A comparative study on biochar properties and Cd adsorption behavior under effects of ageing processes of leaching, acidification and oxidation

Authors: Ruihai Chang, Saran Sohi, Fanqi Jing, Yuyan Liu and Jiawei Chen
Published in Environmental Pollution
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Published: August 28 2019