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Theme meeting, September 26 2018

Biochar application to Swedish soils: patterns, potential, and limitations
Biochar (pyrolyzed biomass) as a soil amendment has the prospect to long-term store carbon belowground, and can alter soil fertility and climate gas emissions. In this workshop, we will discuss possibilities and limitations with the use of pyrolysed biomass in Swedish soils – How large a role can biochar get for climate change mitigation work? Which ecosystems or economical niches have largest potential for a successful implementation? What happens to soil processes after biochar application – can we predict long-term effects? What conflicts will arise, e.g. with parent materials, and are there creative ideas to solve those? What climate narratives can arise of biochar, do they have the potential to involve the public?



10:45 – 11:00           Coffee

11:00 – 11:15           Programme “biochar” and aims (E. Hammer, D. Metcalfe)

11:15 – 12:30           Biochar applications in Swedish Agriculture / Forestry /
                                 Urban environments

                                       5 min presentations

                                      Håkan Wallander, Johannes Rousk and
                                      Ann-Marie Fransson (SLU Alnarp)

12:30 – 13:30           Joint lunch

13:30 – 14:30           The larger perspective: modeling, narratives and industry

                                      5 min presentations

                                      Inger Veleur  (Ekobalans Fenix AB), Alexandra Nikoleris
                                      and Wenxin Zhang

14:30 – 15:00            Wrap up and ways forward 

15:00 – 16:00            Coffee Mingle / Closing