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Author Name:    Shackley, Simon

Title:   Biochar in European Soils and Agriculture: Science and Practice

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Routledge 

ISBN Number:   0415711665 / 9780415711661

Seller ID:   ING9780415711661

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Aimed mainly at a professional audience, this book is intended to provide a user-friendly handbook on biochar. It de-mystifies the scientific, engineering and managerial issues surrounding biochar and makes the whole topic more understandable and approachable to potential users. These include policy makers, landowners and farmers, landuse, agricultural and environmental consultants, industry and lobby groups and NGOs.

The chapters review state-of-the-art knowledge in a non-technical way of biochar production, soil science, agriculture, environmental impacts, economics, the law and regulation and climate change policy. They explain the facets of biochar through the use of explanatory boxes, info-graphics and concise summaries of key concepts and understanding. The authors also present research findings from the first coordinated European biochar field trial, representing the largest biochar field trial globally, including the effects of several biochars (made from typical European feedstocks) on soil properties, soil functioning and crop growth and the costs and benefits of producing and using biochar. They evaluate whether the claimed climate change benefits of biochar are really justified compared to other choices on how we use our limited resources. They provide hands-on practical information and knowledge on how to combine biochar with other soil amendments (such as manure and composts) and with agronomic good practice, how to ensure that it is safe and effective and how to select the most appropriate biochar for different agronomic circumstances.

The book then summarises the key information for those who need to be aware of biochar from a policy perspective at local, national, EU and international levels.



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