269 Biochar Use for Improving Environmental Quality: I

Oral Session
A05 Environmental Quality
Adding biochar to soils has been shown to increase crop yields for tropical soils. It is anticipated to do the same for temperate regions. Amending soils with biochar may improve soil quality because biochar can act as a liming agent, reduce bulk density, and improve soil nutrient status. Soil properties and processes influenced by biochar addition will be explored.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009: 12:55 PM-3:45 PM
Convention Center, Room 335, Third Floor

Jeffrey Novak and David Laird
James Ippolito
12:55 PM
Introductory Remarks
1:00 PM
Characterization of Biochars Produced Under Different Pyrolytic Conditions and Their Implications to Improve Soil Quality.
Jeffrey Novak, USDA-ARS; Warren Busscher, USDA-ARS, Coastal Plains Res.; Donald Watts, USDA-ARS; Isabel Lima, USDA-ARS-SRRC; John Loughrin, USDA-ARS-AWMRU; James B. Reeves III, ANRI, ARS, USDA; Harry Schomberg, USDA-ARS; M. Ahmedna, North Carolina A&T State Univ.; Djaafar Rehrah, North Carolina A&T State Univ.; Sunyoung Bae, North Carolina A&T State Univ.; Julia Gaskin, Univ. of Georgia; K. Das, Univ. of Georgia; Christoph Steiner, Univ. of Georgia; Baoshan Xing, Univ. of Massachusetts
1:15 PM
Impact of Biochar Amendments On the Quality of a Typical Midwestern Agricultural Soil.
David Laird, USDA-ARS; Pierce Fleming, USDA-ARS; Dedrick Davis, Iowa State Univ.; Baiqun Wang, Northwest A&F Univ.; Robert Horton, Iowa State Univ.; Douglas Karlen, USDA-ARS
1:30 PM
1:45 PM
Biochar Effects On Carbon and Nitrogen Mineralization in a Loamy Sand Soil.
Keith Harris, Univ. of Georgia; Julia Gaskin, Univ. of Georgia; Harry Schomberg, USDA-ARS; Dwight Fisher, USDA-ARS; Christoph Steiner, Univ. of Georgia; K. Das, Univ. of Georgia
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
Use of Biochar From the Pyrolysis of Woody and Herbaceous Organic Matter as Soil Amendments.
Harold Collins, USDA-ARS-NPA-SPNRU; David Granatstein, Washington State Univ.; Manuel Garcia-Perez, Washington State Univ.; Jeffrey Smith, USDA-ARS
2:45 PM
Earthworms Contribute to Increased Turnover in Biochar Amended Soils.
Sharon Lachnicht Weyers, USDA-ARS; Amanda Liesch, Univ. of Wisconsin, River Falls; Julia Gaskin, Univ. of Georgia; K Das, Univ. of Georgia
3:00 PM
Copper Adsorption by KOH Activated Pecan-Shell Biochar.
James Ippolito, USDA-ARS-NWISRL; Jeffrey Novak, ARS; M. Ahmedna, North Carolina A&T State Univ.
3:30 PM
3:45 PM