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Bioenergy Development LLC (and partners) is looking for a leading California University to participate in biochar testing

By: Thayer Tomlinson

BioEnergy Development, LLC is organizing an effort to establish biochar testing standards (using biochar for agricultural application) for the State of California (United States). They are working with the USDA-ARS Federal Labs under the direction of Dr. Jeff Novak (soil scientist and one of the world’s leading experts on biochar).

September IBI Webinar Series: Dr. Hailong Wang presents “Using biochar for reducing the bioavailability of heavy metals in contaminated soils"

By: Thayer Tomlinson

HailongIBI is proud to welcome Dr. Hailong Wang of Zhejiang A & F University in China for our September IBI Webinar Series event.  Dr. Wang will discuss how the contamination of soil with heavy metals is a concern in many parts of the world because of its potentially adverse effect on the ecosystem health and food safety. Typically, biochar is an alkaline material and has a large surface area.

August 21: Livestock and Poultry Environmental (LPE) Learning Center Educational Webcast Series: Agronomic and Environmental Uses of Biochar Part 2

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Livestock and Poultry Environmental (LPE) Learning Center Educational Webcast Series
Agronomic and Environmental Uses of Biochar
August 21, 2015
2:30 pm (eastern), 1:30 pm (central), 12:30 pm (mountain), 11:30 am (pacific)

Attend the Byron Bioenergy Conference (Tyagarah, NSW, Australia) Sept 12 and 13

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The Byron Bioenergy Conference will cover topics on Biomass, Bioenergy and By-Products. The Conference aims to introduce Property Owners, Farmers, Councils and other Industries with Biomass to be thermally recovered via the Bioenergy Process. This is for better Financial, Environmental and Social outcomes.

Read Issue 1 of the British Biochar Newsletter

By: Thayer Tomlinson

August 2015: Welcome to  the  first edition of the British Biochar Foundation’s newsletter-British Biochar News. The content includes stories on the Kon-Tiki Kiln, Exeter Retort, CarbonCatcher, and information on the British Biochar Foundation Directory. To read the newsletter, please see


Submit an Abstract to the Joint International Biochar Symposium 2015, Geisenheim, Germany (due August 2, 2015)

By: Thayer Tomlinson

Photo courtesy of: Jan Schindler
The Joint International Biochar Symposium 2015: Understanding Biochar Mechanisms for Practical Implementation

landSeptember 28 - 30th, 2015 in Geisenheim, Germany
Final EU-COST Action "Biochar" & 76. ANS e.V. Symposium

Friday July 17: Participate in the Livestock and Poultry Environmental (LPE) Learning Center Educational Webcast Series on Manure Management and Biochar

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The July IBI Webinar Series Presentation from Dr. Annette Cowie is now Available for Members

By: Thayer Tomlinson

On July 15, 2015, Dr. Annette Cowie of New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries, Australia, presented: Bringing biochar to the carbon market: the role of science. Dr. Cowie discussed the hurdles that must be overcome for biochar projects to enter carbon markets, and the role that science plays in supporting the development of methodologies for calculating credits.

IBI Posts a new White Paper for Members on Biochar for the Remediation of Soils Contaminated with Potentially Toxic Elements

By: Thayer Tomlinson

IBI is pleased to post a new resource for members entitled Biochar for the Remediation of Soils Contaminated with Potentially Toxic Elements (PTEs) by Hailong Wang, Xiaokai Zhang, and Marta Camps-Arbestain. Members can read and download the white paper by logging in at The paper presents an overview of the issue, how biochar can be used as a remedial amendment, the efficacy of biochar in reducing PTE mobility and bioavailability, and references a number of recent studies.

Read all about the first World CharDay event activities from the Ithaka Institute

By: Thayer Tomlinson

The Ithaka Institute has published a report from the first World CharDay event. Initiated by the Ithaka Institute, the event (held in June 2015) included participants from at least 12 different countries around the globe. Read about the individuals who participated and provided their biochar production information at