Biochar White Papers, Reports and Studies

Biomass Acquisition, Biomass Energy, and Biochar Production in California, By Raymond Baltar


How Biochar Works in Soil, by Kelpie Wilson

Researchers discover high-def electron pathways in soil:

Waste to Wisdom Final Reports. Utilizing Forest Residues for the Production of Bioenergy and Biobased Products

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

For a good series of biochar-related articles, visit the Pacific Biochar website’s Resources section.

Kelpie Wilson’s Awesome Info-Filled Website:  Presentations, videos, white papers

Biochar Blogs

Kathleen Draper and Others, the Biochar Journal

Milt McGIffen, UCR

Past Conference Videos and PowerPoints

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.

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.


Ice on Fire: A new HBO climate change documentary, produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Leila Connors (The 11th Hour), describes our current journey headlong into climate disaster but also also highlights a number of C02 drawdown strategies (including biochar production and use) that may help to blunt the worst effects of global warming.

Dirt Rich: A documentary featuring SBI’s own David Morell, New England Biochar’s Bob Wells, and well-known biochar entrepreneur and farmer  Josiah Hunt.

US Biochar Initiative’s Video Link Page

A presentation 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 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
Biochar in Costa Rica
Making Biochar for Small Farms

Biochar Podcasts

The Vineyard Team Podcast with Raymond Baltar:  Conservation Burning and Biochar Production in Vineyard Settings

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

California Biochar Association

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).


Burn: Using Fire to Cool the Earth, by Albert Bates and Kathleen Draper

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>