BIOCHARM Final Report for APN Project

Biochar for carbon reduction, sustainable agriculture and soil management (Biocharm)

Biochar is a charcoal-like substance that can be created from most types of organic matter. It is of interest, inter alia, as a long-term carbon store for its agronomic properties. While there has been much discussion of biochar as a sustainable strategy in developing countries, there have as yet been very few detailed case studies from feedstock to field deployment. This report presents original field trial results using carbonized rice husks (CRHs) and sugarcane trash and corn cob char. Its aims to evaluate systems of feedstocks – energy conversion technologies – and agricultural use of biochar.

Dr. Priyadarshini Kare Mr. Ramakant Prabhune, Appropriate Technology Institute; Dr. Simon Shackley, Sarah Carter, Dr. Peter Anderson, Dr. Saran Sohi, Dr. Andy Cross, Professor Stuart Haszeldine, UK Biochar Research Centre, University of Edinburgh; Dr. Stephen Haefele, International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines; Tony Knowles, SME Cambodia, Phnom Phen, Cambodia; John Field, Paul Tanger, PhD researchers, University of Colorado, USA

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, 2009