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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

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 artcle 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

UKBRC Open Day

Make Carbon Green Again - King's Buildings. University of Edinburgh - from 2 pm. Under the banner of the H2020 GreenCarbon project, with coordinated open days across the Network, UKBRC organises lab tours, a poster session and product demonstration. See Events page to download the flyer.

12 November 2017

Short -term fellowship award

Under the NEWS India-UK network a Senior Fellowship has been awarded for "Systematic evaluation of alternative biomass conversion technologies for sustaining the productivity of cereals". This will include a consideration of how conversion of biomass to biochar may contribute in the Indian context. The work will include a visit to the University of Edinburgh in April/May 2018 - more details shortly.

01 July 2017

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Other Recent Content & Updates


Recent Publications

CASPER: A modelling framework to link mineral carbonation with the turnover of organic matter in soil

Authors: Ben Kolosz, Saran Sohi, David Manning
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Published: January 6 2019

Biochar phosphorus release is limited by high pH and excess calcium

Authors: Wolfram Buss, Kamonchanard Assavavittayanon, Jessica Shepherd, Kate Heal, Saran Sohi
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Published: September 6 2018

Standard biochar materials

Authors: Ondrej Masek, Wolfram Buss, Saran Sohi
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Published: September 4 2018