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USBI Biochar 2018 Conference

Researchers discover high-def electron pathways in soil:

Biochar increases vineyard productivity without affecting grape quality: Results from a four years field experiment in Tuscany.     Vineyard_Italy_4-year-trial

2016 Biochar Conference

The 2016 USBI Biochar Conference was held in Corvallis, Oregon on the campus of Oregon State University. Information and some presentation material can be found here:

Biochar 2016: August 22-25, 2016

2013 Biochar Conference

2013 North American Biochar Symposium
The 2013 national biochar conference was held in Amherst, Massachusetts and it was attended by about 250 scientists, academics, technologists, students, foresters, policy makers, politicians, entrepreneurs, students, and just plain interested folks.  GO HERE to download many of the PowerPoints. This is the same link where you will be able to access the videos as they are completed and uploaded so check back from time to time, or bookmark the link in your browser.

To access videos and PowerPoints from 2012’s Biochar conference held here in Sonoma, GO HERE.


Dr. Tom Goreau gives the basic rationale for biochar use, then the absolute necessity, in a radio interview. Outstanding talk. (Thanks to Albert Bates for bringing this to our attention.) The video of the original talk given by Dr. Goreau at Tufts University in 2014. A MUST-WATCH!

COP20 report on the Arctic Methane Emergency. (Johannes Lehmann appears in the video at about the 23 minute mark) More info here.

The Secret of El Dorado — Terra Preta    A good BBC-produced primer giving an important historical perspective and the “big picture” vision of how and why biochar can be used.

Biochar: Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle   A great new TEDx video by Rob Lerner

SeaChar / Estufa Finca biochar stove demonstration
Ray Gallian of Sonoma Biochar Initiative explains Biochar
Biochar/Agrichar/Terra Preta
The promise of Biochar
The promise of Biochar Part 2  On the Farm
Biochar_ A product for the future
Making Biochar: with Peter Hirst of New England Biochar
Rice Hull Biochar Trial Hangzhou, China 2007
Black Gold Agriculture
Adam Retort
Biochar in Costa Rica
Making Biochar for Small Farms

KRCB Radio Interviews on Biochar

KRCB Radio Interview with Peter Hirst
KRCB Radio Interview with Ray Gallian

Biochar Organizations

International Biochar Initiative

United States Biochar Initiative

North Bay Institute of Green Technology

North American Biochar Groups

Commercial Production Technology

There is an interesting project in Belize right now with 5 mobile drum kilns that are used at coffee plantations to produce biochar and then move as more trees are pruned, etc and the biochar is left onsite for agriculture.  We did a story on their work recently which is available at: (and there is contact information for Simon Manley at the bottom of the story).

Black is Green out of Australia has a mobile pyrolyzer that can move from field to field to make biochar onsite as well which would be larger than the Belize units (more information at:


The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change (Sustainable Agriculture) by Albert K. Bates
Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology by Johannes Lehmann and Stephen Joseph
The Biochar Debate: Charcoal’s Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility (Schumacher Briefings) by James Bruges
Biochar-Ancient Agr Techique For 21st Century by Natan Snider
The Biochar Revolution: Transforming Agriculture & Environment Edited by Paul Taylor PhD
Ten Technologies to Save the Planet: Energy Options for a Low-Carbon Future by Chris Goodall
BIOCHAR: A Cost Benefit Analysis in the Scottish Whisky Industry by Simon P. Messenger


Nature Magazine Online:  Agriculture: State of the Art Soil

Adam Retort Summary
New Australian Agricultural Study of Biochar
Biochar Farms
Putting Biochar Policy on the Right Track

Biochar in Viticulture—New Results

Sustainable biochar to mitigate global climate change>

The in situ remediation of a vast variety of toxic agents in soils and sediments.
Biochar Sorption of Contaminants;
The uses as a feed ration for livestock to reduce GHG emissions and increase disease resistance.
Recent work showing a 52% reduction of NH3 loss when char is used as a composting accelerator. This will have profound value added consequences for the commercial composting industry

Every 1 ton of Biomass yields 1/4 to 1/3 ton Charcoal for soil Sequestration (= to 1 Ton CO2e) + Bio-Gas & Bio-oil fuels = to 1MWh exported electricity, so is a totally virtuous, carbon negative energy cycle.

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