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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

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

Publications from EU COST Action

Europe-wide networking around the biochar topic was boosted by COST funding 2012-2016 (initiated by Bruno Glaser and Claudia Kamann). An Open Access special issue of the Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management presents some of the outputs. Two papers published today consider spatial factors and the use of biochar in growing media - see Publications pages

29 June 2017

Research opportunity in Edinburgh

In connection with the Greenhouse Gas Removal project announced on 20th April, a 3-year post-doctoral opportunity in soil carbon dynamics is currently advertised at Edinburgh. Please click here for details of the role, eligibility and how to apply (deadline: 13 July 2017).

13 June 2017

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Other Recent Content & Updates


Recent Publications

Biochar phosphorus release is limited by high pH and excess calcium


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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

Reciprocal effects of ageing and coexisting Cd2+


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Published: August 1 2018