|Title||SSSA Special PublicationAgricultural and Environmental Applications of Biochar: Advances and BarriersResearch and Application of Biochar in Europe|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Conte, Pellegrino, Schmidt Hans-Peter, and Cimò Giulia|
|Publisher||Soil Science Society of America, Inc.|
Biochar is a porous material recognized for its usefulness in improving soil quality and C sequestration in soils. This chapter presents the latest developments of biochar uses and applications in Europe. In particular, attention is focused on how European scientists are acting to aid decision makers to establish precise rules for assessment of biochar reliability and usability. This aim is achieved by the elaboration of a European Biochar Certificate containing a precise definition of what biochar is, the elucidation of the exact biochar chemical–physical characteristics, the recommendation on the nature of the biomass feedstock to be used for biochar production, and guidelines on the pyrolysis conditions to be applied.