Biochar, Agro-ecology and Regenerative Agriculture Team
The BIOCHARCOLOGY team focuses on improving soil health with biochar as the basis for improving ecosystem services, i.e. regenerative agriculture. Our aim is researching ecosystem service trade-offs for realistic, sustainable, field-based adaptations to climate change.
Our core activities
Improving the soil sponge function by increasing infiltration and the maximum water-holding capacity of the soil. We have designed and installed 18 box lysimeters on campus - integrated in a meteo station - where we can monitor run-off, erosion, leachate, vegetation, etc.
We have installed biochar and control plots in a sown biodiverse pasture managed by Terraprima. We monitor soil organic carbon fractions, CO2, N2O, CH4, above and belowground vegetation, enzymes, etc. to model the true C-sequestration potential of biochar in this system.
Integrated into the field and lysimeter scale - and the pot scale in our climate-controlled lab - we study how biochar can improve the habitat function for pollinators. Does softer soil allow better ground-nesting conditions? Do flowers provide better attraction and nectar?
The biocharcology team is diverse and balanced
Our core team
Biocharcology team members have been actively involved in biochar research since 2009, with >30 biochar publications in international, peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, and various popular media items. In all sciences, the team has an h-index of 40, >180 publications, which have been cited >9800 times. Visit our Googlescholar profile for details.