Field applications of pure biochar in the North Sea region and across Europe

Greet Ruysschaert, Victoria Nelissen, Romke Postma, Esben Bruun, Adam O’Toole, Jim Hammond, Jan Markus Rödger, Lars Hylander, Tor Kihlberg, Kor Zwart, Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen, Simon Shackley

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Biochar application can increase carbon storage in soils and is a promising strategy to mitigate climate change (Chapter 7). However, in the absence of substantial subsidies or carbon credits (Chapter 9), larger-scale biochar application on agricultural fields is only to be expected if it leads to improved soil functioning (Chapter 4) and, as a result, improved gross margins. The gross margins can be accomplished if the yield or market value of the harvested product increases and/or if the variable costs of production (including inputs such as fertilisers, machinery and labour) decreases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiochar in European Soils and Agriculture
Subtitle of host publicationScience and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9781134654871
ISBN (Print)9780415711661
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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