The researchers conducted a quantitative review and series of field experiments examining the effects of biochar on multiple ecosystem functions, such as plant productivity and soil nutrients. They found that biochar generally has neutral to positive effects on ecosystem function. However, there are other biochar effects still in need of research.
What are the best use practices for biochar in natural systems?
By investigating biochar’s effect in a mixed community of native prairie species under field conditions, the researchers can determine the potential effects of accidental exposure during agricultural applications. Through small controlled experiments, they can clarify the mechanism behind these observed effects.
W. S. Harpole
Lori A. Biederman
Year of Grant Completion
Harpole, W. Stanley and Biederman, Lori A., "Biochar and managed perennial ecosystems: Testing for synergy in ecosystem function and biodiversity" (2015). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 486.