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Biochar in Agriculture - Perspectives for Germany and Malaysia








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A topic of broad common interest at present is: Does the application of biochar to agricultural soils provide substantial benefits for farmers and the environment? Evidence exists concerning the effects in form of long term carbon sequestration, improved soil fertility, and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But holistic scientific research to identify potentials of biochar in the tropics and temperate zones is limited and needs to be improved.


Aims of this project are research activities on the use of charred biomass material (biochar) in agriculture to provide a better understanding of economic and environmental potentials of biochar. A special focus is set on the GHG mitigation potential of biochar use and its economic costs. The holistic challenge will be analyzed in a consortium led by the Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim e.V. (ATB) in cooperation with the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape (Zalf), the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Technical University of Berlin (TU), Humboldt-University Berlin (HU) and the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM).


In particular, our consortium will analyze the impact of several biochars on soil fertility in terms of yield potential, water holding capacity, nutrient dynamics and soil biology in laboratory and field experiments (Brandenburg and Malaysia). Some biochars based on the research of the APECS-Project. Based on these analyses potential environmental impacts will be estimated together with cost effects at farm level and welfare analysis at national and international levels.


The network aims to use knowledge gained at the laboratory and field level, to aggregate the information and to contribute to the current discussion on biochar use. This approach will contribute to a profound use of knowledge to achieve technology assessment on relevant scales.


Research will be carried out by the Leibniz-Institut for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim e.V. (ATB) in cooperation with universities and other research institutes. 
This project is funded by the Leibniz-Association
in the context of the "Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation” as one of the winners chosen by the Senate Competition Committee (SAW) of the Leibniz Association.


Duration: 01.02.2012 - 31.12.2015

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Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim