Biochar in Soil Amendment
Biochar for Plant Growth Promotion
Major and Minor Elements in BiocharMany of the major elements can be beneficial for plant growth, for example potassium plays a vital role in photosynthesis whilst phosphorus is involved in energy transfer processes and the formation of nucleic acids. Furthermore, the presence of certain elements, such as calcium and magnesium, can affect the soil pH, influencing the availability of nutrients and the activity of soil microorganisms. As a result, elemental analysis can help to predict the impact of biochar on soil pH and inform decisions on its application in specific soil types.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), are a class of organic compounds comprising multiple aromatic rings. They can be formed during the pyrolysis of biomass and accumulate in biochar with their concentrations and types dependent on several factors, including the type of feedstock, pyrolysis temperature, residence time, and post-treatment processes.
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)Scanning electron microscopy is a widely used technique for characterizing the morphology, structure, and composition of materials at the micro- and nanometer scales. In the case of biochar, SEM analysis can provide valuable insights into its surface properties, porosity, and elemental composition, which are crucial factors that influence its performance as a soil amendment.
Germination and Plant GrowthIn our standard Biochar Plant Growth Trials package (P388) we collect the following data:
Plant Health AnalysisRelevant analyses that we can undertake to see the effect of biochar supplementation on plant health include: pigments (highly dependent on the nutrient uptake efficiency of the plant), leaf lamella size, and nutrient uptake. We can also perform stomata count, if the leaf type allows such analysis (which can be correlated to water stress resistance)
Soil Biology AnalysisSoil biology analysis can include: soil respiration test, bacterial count, fungal count (fungi to bacteria ratio), and soil enzymes (C-degrading, N mineralisation and P solubilisation enzymes).
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Has taken a major role in developing Celignis's capabilities for biochar analysis and project development. His thesis covered the evaluation of high value applications for high-carbon materials.
Global Recognition as Biomass and Biochar Experts
Biochar Combustion Properties
Analysis of PAHs in Biochar
Surface Area and Porosity of Biochar
Thermogravimetric Analysis of Biochar
Biochar for Carbon Sequestration
Technoeconomic Analyses of Biochar Projects
Research Project Collaborations